14 September 2014

Cavorting with the Companion: The Historic Centre of Florence

When my partner and I were in Florence, we walked around, a lot. We visited a few museums, but aside from that, we spent most days strolling around. And Florence is a good city to do this, because there are plenty of gems that one can easily see just by wandering around the old historic town.

So we started at the Piazza della Repubblica, where there used to be a Roman forum. This is also the heart of medieval Florence, and now is a huge center lined up with chic swanky cafes and sculpture. The historic cafes around this piazza charge rather high for their coffee, but oh they were such good coffee.

If you walk southeast, you will head to the Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele, which is an interesting church that has plenty of sculptures carved into its walls. We were too late and therefore didn't make it in time to see what was inside, but regardless, the outside was interesting enough that I took the above photos. South of that is the Mercato Nuovo, which is depicted in the last picture above.

The photos above show you a couple of palazzos, as well as other sights that one can see in a typical medieval Florentine neighborhood.

One of the most iconic Florentine locations is the Ponte Vecchio, or old bridge. There are plenty of jewelry stores on this bridge, it is unbelievable. And yes, it is pretty, somehow, even though it looks almost counter-intuitive that a bridge full of shops is supposed to be beautiful. Totally unexpected.

Ah, this is my favorite. We went up to the Piazzale Michelangelo, where one can see panoramic views of the city. It was wonderful. Seeing Florence spread out before us, it was quite charming, if I should say so. There were plenty of people there, but regardless, we still enjoyed that.

And yes, there's again a replica of Michelangelo's David on the hill.

Finally, here are some other few things that we saw while walking around, which are basically the old city walls on the south of the city. Florence sits on a valley, and the outskirts are basically hills. Hence, entering the city means that people go and descend.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable trip. We definitely had a great time while we were there.

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