Travel to Florence
• Travel to Florence
In the past, Florence was the center of the Florentine republic, the capital of the Dukes of the Medici and the Kingdom of Italy, it is now the administrative center of the region of Tuscany.
Because of an intelligent and good people, the city has managed to preserve its historical appearance, becoming a kind of open-air museum with the inexpressible atmosphere of comfort, beauty and grace.
Ideal for moving around the city center - a bicycle or just legs. You can spend hours walking around the city, to go to different cafes, drinking coffee, buying fresh fruits, to walk again and try a delicious ice cream.
The city has a great history of Florence XIII-XVII centuries, has made a huge contribution to the development of European and world civilization. The city gave the world giants such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante and Galileo. Local dialect formed the basis of the literary Italian, Florentine coin has become the benchmark for the whole of Europe, the Florentine artists have developed the laws of perspective, Florentine thinkers laid the foundation for the Renaissance and Florentine navigator gave his name to two continents.
Ponte Santa Trinita.
A few words about the attitude of the Florentines to their architecture:
"Santa Trinita is considered the most elegant bridge in Florence. It was erected in 1258, first in the tree, and then, after the destruction of the flood in 1333 - in a rock. The outlines of the bridge shestiprolotnogo Bartolomeo Ammannati (used may Michelangelo Project) pleasing to the eye with its beautiful shape, oval arches, powerful faceted foundations, marble sculpture and cartouches. In 1944, the Nazis blew up the bridge, but the townspeople in 1957, it was restored with care, with the water raised the fragments of the old design.
At reconstruction revealed that the bends of arches form what is called a catenary curve. Along the edges of the bridge are four statues are installed, one of which, "Spring" Francavilla, was decapitated by the explosion. In 1961, the marble head was found in the waters of the Arno - its acquisition of the Florentines perceived as a holiday. "
Houses swarmed the entire bank and moved to the oldest bridge of Florence - Ponte Vecchio. Bridge - built in 1345 and consists of a solid and at the same time elegant design of three arches. A distinctive feature of the Ponte Vecchio - houses huddled on either side.
After the first night out we realized that we need to take pictures of the town after 3am. Until that time, the streets full of life. Parked cars everywhere ...
... and thousands of motorcycles and scooters.
Sleep for a few hours, we are back on the deserted streets.
Since in XVI., Benches Ponte Vecchio turned to jewelery shops and shops. Therefore, it also became known as "Golden Bridge".
In the historic cent all the streets are narrow, some are closed to car traffic.
In the narrow streets of the tiny buses go.
To the bike was stolen, it must be tied. For example, to the post.
People and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (also on the cover image).
Extremely elegant and at the same time a grand cathedral became a kind of overseas department of architectural tradition of the Middle Ages from the principles of the construction of the Renaissance.
A view of the Ponte Vecchio, on the other hand.
Above the buildings is the Vasari Corridor, named for the architect who created it especially to Cosimo I (Duke of Tuscany) could easily pass from the Palazzo Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti. Do not confuse this with a bridge "Bridge Me" in France.
"Bridge Me" was much steeper, but the building has long been demolished.
The straight line of the XIV century buildings with passage of time had been violated as a result of various transformations. The bridge spans the center of the row of houses is interrupted and goes into the open air, where you can admire the river and the other bridges of the city.
A view of Santa Maria del Fiore with the Piazzale Michelangelo.
Palazzo Vecchio. Odno of the most famous buildings in Florence, its symbol and one of the symbols of Italy. Now the palace is the town hall. Also, in the depths of the "Old Palace" is a library. Over dominates Palazzo Arnolfo tower, 94 meters in height.
Charging electric vehicles.
Parking for bicycles. Imagine what would happen to the street, if the owners of these bikes come Kaji in his car ...
The Ponte Vecchio in its entirety.
The bridge Ponte alla Carraia.
Dam Pescaia di Santa Rosa on the Arno River was built to supply water once stood here mills.
View from the Campanile by Giotto on the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore. All day the weather was magical, and only 3 hours before the train arrived clouds.
See how many bikes! As compact they are parked along the street. Instead of one car fits 5-7 scooters.
Customers in the fruit shop.
In general, Florence - an incredibly beautiful and magical place! There should visit, you will not regret.