Firenze is a simply fabulous place to visit -- and one of the first Italian places I would return to, giving half the chance. It is simply loaded with fantastic sights!
Probably the most famous is Il Duomo, pictured above, the grand Cathedral of the city. With its beautiful mix of white, olive, and rose marbles, Il Duomo is extraordinarily decorated -- and very bright (one picture I took was so bright it overwhelmed my camera!).
Il Duomo's style of architecture is actually very common among the churches in the city. Witness the Chiesa di Santa Croce, pictured below. Although it doesn't have Il Duomo's sculptures decorating the outside, the beauty of the white and multicolored marble is all about.
Firenze is a lot more than white marble churches, of course. Art abounds, especially in the San Lorenzo quarter, and the Piazza Santissima Annunziata. As seen below, the Piazza has plenty of sculpture available. Included here are a statue of Neptune and ...
... the statue of David, seen below. Well, not really, it's a replica, the original statue of David having been moved to another museum.
My visit to Firenze was fairly brief (I was part of a tour group), so I wasn't able to hit the city with as much depth as I normally like. We spent some time looking over the Arno and participated in a demonstration of the gilding of Italian leather with gold. The shopping in Firenze is not to be underestimated (though I can't qualify the prices, at least not until the Euro takes effect).
Firenze should be given a full day to explore everything. Our three hours, though densely packed with touring, simply wasn't enough.
Trip taken 1 September 2000 -- Page last updated 01 September 2006 -- (C) 2001 Tom Galvin