First day in Florence

Piazza di San Firenze
Complesso di San Firenze

Tuesday, the 20th, was our first full day in Florence and we went for a wander to get our bearings.

Cathedral Bell Tower

Although Florence is a maze of narrow streets these suddenly open out into large piazzas allowing you to actually stand back and see the monumental architecture, not always possible in other places!  Once you get your bearings navigating between the churches and palaces is not too difficult.

San Lorenzo Cathedral
Upstairs at the Central Market is a ‘Food Court’; great selection of food at reasonable prices, so good we ate here twice.
Ponte Vecchio – Old bridge with new boutique jewellery shops each side of the road
Ufffizi Gallery from the south side of the river
Copy of Michaelangelo’s ‘David’.

Without our Firenze Card at this point we decided to head for the free stuff, of which there is not a lot.   The most obvious is the Piazzale Michaelangelo on the south bank of the river offering spectacular views across the city.   There is also the Abbey of San Minato al Monte above the Piazzale.  The facade is impressive but the interior not so much.  We also followed a recommendation for a restaurant and had dinner in the Trattoria La Casalinga – the meals were great and the fillet steak was excellent!

The tower of the Palazzo Vecchio dominates the skyline
View from the Abbey steps
The Abbey facade.
Valeria making new friends everywhere!

So with an better idea of what to see and where to see it we decided to take Wednesday and Thursday to see some of the countryside around Florence and then dedicate the weekend to seeing the city itself.

 

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