Ciao Bella | Firenze

July 1, 2012 § 3 Comments

Church of Santa Maria Novella

All the stress and tension that has been building up in my body from the months of unbearable overtime melted away the second I stepped foot in Italy. The sun was shining and the weather was impeccable; 75 degrees and clear blue skies each day.

Anyone that’s been to Florence can’t possibly question why Forbes ranked it one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  The rich  history, art and culture oozes out of every corner. Everywhere you look is a visual feast for your eyes.

One of the 1231254 pictures i took of the duomo

Firenze is a city flooded with tourists. In fact, it felt like tourists outnumber locals by 1:5, easily pinpointed by the DSLR camera around the necks and city maps in their hands. The locals must get tired of all the visitors all the time.

Enjoying all the street art as usual

In addition to taking a million pictures of all the famous sites such as the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, I also spotted some cool street art along the way. As always, I love seeing the new urban art settling in and coexisting with all the classics.

Impressive Mona Lisa

V – I spotted this behind a street vendor’s booth!

Inspired by the Classics?

It was probably the weather, but the colors of Firenze were so vivid! Everything appeared so sharp and bright. Taipei doesn’t quite emit such radiance (it’s been mostly grey and rainy).

Beautiful colors

beautiful Ponte Vecchio

If you plan on going to see Michelangelo’s David, please remember to book ticket in advance or pay a visit early in the morning. I neglected to do either and ended up waiting in the longest line ever. One hour later and a bitch mood to boot, I was still flabbergasted when I set my eyes on David. A lot of masterpieces aren’t really that amazing in person (ahem, Mona Lisa) but it really is worth seeing this in person. It’s unbelievable that a man can create such a masterpiece of a sculpture, without forgoing the intricate details. You can see the veins in the thighs and the tension in the face.

I snuck a picture of David’s butt

Distant view of Michelangelo’s David

Hiking up to Piazzale Michelangelo and watching the sunset was by far my favorite part of the Firenze leg (Pisa, San Gimignano, Pienza and Orvieto pictures will come shortly!) The atmosphere was relaxed and cheerful, everyone seemed happy to be there in the moment.  Lots of people brought snacks and a bottle of wine. If you forgot to pack something (like me), there are food vendors selling sandwiches and a variety of alcoholic beverages. What more could you ask?

The view from Piazzale Michelangelo

The sun setting over Firenze

I wonder what it’s like to live in this city, with such beauty around all the time. Do people ever get tired of it?

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§ 3 Responses to Ciao Bella | Firenze

  • suddenleigh says:

    I lived in Florence Italy for 6 months on a study abroad adventure a few years ago. It was by far one of the best, most irreplaceable times in my life. The tourists did get very overwhelming at times, especially in the spring when trying to pass through the piazza del duomo to get to classes. Still, no matter how long I stayed–I don’t think I could have ever been blind to the beauty of the city, and the vivaciousness in which the residents lived each day. I miss it immensely–but it’s nostalgic to see it from someone else’s eyes again. I’m glad you enjoyed. Thanks for the pics!

    • J DUBBS says:

      Thanks for stopping by!

      I’m so jealous, I wish I could live in Florence for an extended period of time – there was still so much to do and see.

      In fact, I’m sneakily trying to find a way to do just that. Any ideas? 🙂

  • farbolino says:

    Thanks for seeing Florence with a fresh set of eyes and not just taking photos of the tourist attractions. I really love the photos you took of the street art. Check out my blog if you get the chance at http://wanderingamerican.com/ I have some photos posted that you might like.

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