As well as being the perfect place to enjoy a risotto and an Aperol Spritz on a sunny evening (on one of those cute outside tables), Florence’s pretty streets are also home to some wonderful architecture, history and art!
One of the main places to visit would be the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as Il Duomo (Dome).
This remarkable cathedral stands tall over the city and has the biggest brick dome in the world; it was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, who didn’t actually leave any blueprints or the design of the dome, so there is still a mystery of how the masterpiece was built.
It was fascinating going into the Cathederal and going up into the dome. We went up flights of stairs into small doorways and walkways until we reached the viewing platform at the top. So naturally, we took lots of photos of the view, and this gorgeous photo was born:
To get the best view of the city, take a wander up Piazzale Michelangelo’s hill and watch the sunset from the big steps. You’ll see the stunning blue hills and mountains and how they contrast with the orange and peach buildings in the distance and the iconic dome, standing proud in the middle of it all. We spent the evening walking around, looking out at the pretty landscape and the apricot sky. Below, are some photos of the view at night:
One of my favourite places in Florence is the Ponte Vecchio Bridge; it is a medieval bridge that goes over the Arno River, and jewellery is sold along it behind beautiful old shop doors. During the day, the bridge is packed with people glancing at the sparkly items in shop windows and by night, when the shops are closed, people sit on the bridge walls and listen to a man playing his guitar in the warm evening street.
Exploring this exquisite city was wonderful; I even loved little things like walking around with a banana gelato and spending the mornings sat outside a café with a custard croissant, soaking up the artsy atmosphere. Something about this place made me very happy. When we left, I felt delightfully inspired to write and paint my many photos I had taken during my time there.
If you fancy a cute Italian break with stunning views and buildings, Florence is definitely the place to visit- you’ll get lost in its beauty.
I also found a shop with my name on it!
Below is a watercolour inspired by Florence’s incredible Dome. You can find more of my art work on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rebeccafreemanartist/