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My Hotel in Florence this time
was the Room Mate Isabella on
the Via de Tornabouni in
Florence's main shopping district.
Buildings forming a wall on the
south bank of the Arno river that
divides Florence.
Ponte Vecchio bridge across the
Arno river. Construction is
believed to date from 1345.
Ponte Vecchio bridge shops on
the west side. The word bankrupt
is thought to originate from the
practice of breaking a merchants
banco (table) on this bridge.
Ponte Vecchio bridge shops on
the east side. There have been
bridges at this point on the river
since Roman times.
Ponte Vecchio bridge. The top
of the bridge is the Vasari
Passage which connects the
Vecchio Palace with the Pitti
Palace.
The Uffizi Gallery which was
constructed as offices in 1560 for
the Medici magistrates. It houses
the enormous Medici art
collection.
The Loggia de Lanzi built in
1376. Underneath are several
famous statues including (left)
Benvenuto Cellini's Perseus with
the Head of Medusa.
In Piazza della Signoria, is
Bartolomeo Ammanati's Fountain
of Neptune (1563–1565), a
marble sculpture at the terminus
of a still-functioning Roman
aqueduct..
The Palazzo Vecchio (Old
Palace) constructed in 1299.
The building is mostly taken over
by museums but town hall is still
located here.
The Via dei Calzaiuoli
pedestrian street through the
center of Florence. Connection
the two main squares (town hall
and Duomo).
The Basilica di Santa Maria del
Fiore known as The Duomo.  
Construction began in 1296 and
the main structure was complete
by 1436.
The Baptistry of St. John one of
the oldest buildings in Florence
having been built between 1059
and 1128. At one time every
Catholic in Florence was baptized
here.
The enormous dome of the
Cathedral was engineered by
Filippo Brunelleschi.
Giotto's Campanile is a
free-standing bell tower that rises
278 feet. Begun in 1334 it was
completed in 1359. The climb is
414 steps.
The Baptistry, Duomo, and
Campanile all in one photo on
the Piazza del Duoma.
An elaborate cloth facade
protecting a building being
restored on the Piazza del
Duomo.
Piazza della Repubblica on the
site of what was once a Roman
Forum.
The Loggia del Marcato Nuovo
built around the middle of the
16th century. Once a luxury
market now a tourist souvenir
market..
Another view of the Via dei
Calzaiuoli.
Porcellino (the boar) a bronze
fountain of a boar this is a copy
of the original. Tourists rub the
snout for luck.
The Ponte Santa Trinita and
Ponte alla Carraia from the
loggia at the center of the Ponte
Vecchio..
Gold and Silver sellers on the
Ponte Vecchio. The white
structure on the right is the
Vasari Passage.
The bust of the goldsmith
Benvenuto Cellini (left) in the
center of the Ponte Vecchio
loggia.
The Loggia and statue in the
center of the Ponte Vecchio as
seen from the banks of the Arno.
Chiesa di Santa Trinita (13th
Century) the facade dates from
the late 16th century..
The Piazza Strozzi down the
street from my hotel and near
the Ponte Santa Trinita..
The juction of the Via della
Scala, Spada and Belle Donne
just around the corner from my
hotel.
Loggia del Bigalio (1352) with
its richly applied bas-reliefs.
Cars are rare in Florence's
historic center, but occasionally
you do see some.
One of the famous bronze relief
doors of the baptistry begun in
1401 by Ghiberti. This set of
doors were called the Gates of
Paradise by Michelangelo.
This one-handed clock (1443)
shows the 24 hours of the hora
italica, a period of time ending
with sunset at 24 hours.
The rather empty interior of the
Duomo. Austerity was the
deliberate theme..
The Funerary Monument to Sir
John Hawkwood a fresco (1436)
later detached from the wall and
placed on canvas. Hawkwood was
a mercenary captain of Florence.
Vasari's fresco in the Dome
begun in 1568, and completed
by Federico Zuccaro in 1579.
The nave of the duomo.
The Tornabuoni Chapel in the
church of Santa Maria Novella
(1485 - 1490).
The Santa Maria Novella (new)
church begun in 1279 and not
completed until the 14th
century.
The surprisingly vast interior (100
meters long) of the Santa Maria
Novella. It seems bigger on the
insider then the outside.
The aisles of Santa Maria
Novella church. The church is
the site of the first attack against
Galileo Galilei.
The bell tower of Santa Maria
Novella was completed in 1360.
The cloister of Santa Maria
Novella church.
The Spanish Chapel (1343) the
former chapter house of the
monastery. The walls are
decorated with elaborate fresco's.
The orange light of sunset on the
Ponte Vecchio. A boat full of
tourists heads toward the bridge.