While in Cortona, Tuscany, we spent a day in Florence. Florence was a busy, but beautiful city where I could have easily spent a week exploring. A couple of the highlights were the Ponte Vecchio (“Old Bridge” in Italian) and the Duomo di Firenze (Cathedral of Florence). A few of the many images I took while in Florence follow.
The Ponte Vecchio (“Old Bridge” in Italian) dates back to 1345, and it’s the only bridge in Florence that was not destroyed by the German troops when they retreated in August 1944. What makes Ponte Vecchio so interesting is that it holds many shops, just like in the old days. When the bridge was first built, most of the space was occupied by blacksmiths and butcher stalls, but they were eventually replaced by jewellers by order of Ferdinando de Medici.
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (English: Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flowers) is the cathedral (Duomo) of Florence. Construction of the Gothic style Duomo began in 1296 and was completed in 1436.
I have many other images of the Old Bridge, Duomo and other sights in Florence and will eventually get them on this blog or on my Website. My time was limited this evening and, therefore, I was only able to include the above three images.