The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 12: Highlights of Florence

Join Thor and me as we resume our 2008 virtual Italy vacation with previews of Florence, city of the arts.

NOTE: Since European travel is still tenuous with the pandemic ongoing, I’m continuing my blog series offering a virtual vacation and time-travel to my first big trip with Thor in 2008. Italy! After starting with highlight photos posted here on Saturday, Jan. 30, I’ll now resume every week (after the blogging detour in real time to Hawaii). Join us in Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Venice, and Milan. Buon viaggio!

All right, making a major shift back from the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon of the Pacific on the island of Kauai, we’re time-traveling back to more cultural grandeur among the artistic heart of Italy in Florence. Above are the famous bridges over the River Arno, where we enjoyed a “Room with a View.”

Music, painting, sculpture, and architecture all flourish here. The main square, the Piazza del Signoria, displays impressive sculptures in bronze and marble. Cellini’s bronze Perseus with the head of Medusa:

Giambologna’s marble Hercules and the Centaur:

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The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 12: Highlights of Florence — 4 Comments

  1. It was great to be in a place where you are surrounded by statues of naked people. You rarely see that in the U.S.

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