Italia Holiday Pt II

This time, I want to share some pictures of a city that I totally loved because of its cultural richness, history, and vibrancy. I know, I said I’d feature two, but there are too many pictures I want to show you and my story is quite long so let’s do one at a time instead.

So, let’s start in Florence. We spent days 4 and 5 of our 10 day holiday in the city.

We took the train from Roma, apparently, they’re very unreliable… whoever thinks that, they haven’t experienced Thameslink and Southern here in the south of England!

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Everybody smokes anywhere there’s a bit of a draft!

 

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The centre of Florence is filled with antique, craft and tapestry shops. I was really wanting to buy lots of it but we were very limited in time at the city and in space with our bag.

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Graffiti in Florence is pretty artistic compared to what we saw in Roma

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Surprisingly, Florence didn’t seem too obsessed with football as the other cities we visited. They have Calcio Storico Fiorentino which is in my opinion, way more interesting than football.

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We ticked one off the bucket list. Galleria Degli Ufizzi has been a life-long dream. Everything in the gallery is impressive and truly inspiring.

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We ate incredible food and had some seriously good wine! If you visit Italy, you’ll soon realize that there is no such thing as Italian food. Gastronomy is pretty regional in Italy and Tuscan gastronomy is one of my favorites.

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We queued over an hour in the rain to get in to see the inside of Sta Maria del Fiore, then to find out there’s not much to see inside. The facade is much more fascinating than the interior.

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I love the tradition of dressing up for work in continental Europe.

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The 1000 Miglia was passing through Florence that day.

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We climbed to the top of the Palazzo Vecchio tower, the views are incredible!

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Ponte Vecchio looks much better in documentaries and travel guides than in person but then it’s so beautiful and comes alive when it rains.

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There is so much more to be photographed in Florence than this. I was so fascinated by the gentleness and kindness of its people and the beauty of the city that I preferred to live the moment instead of taking pictures.

 

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Italian Rennasaince paintings make much more sense when you see light displays like these.

To be continued…

Gear used: Sony a7II, Samyang 35mm f/2.8

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