Firenze, Italy | Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of Florence, Italy. Also known as Firenze, Italy. At least that’s how the Italians stay it and write it. 🙂

overview_florence We left off at the Duomo, which was amazing, wasn’t it?  Well, let’s talk about the famous Michelangelo’s David, shall we?

David is simply a masterpiece. A Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504, by the Italian artist Michelangelo.

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No, it’s not located outside. Actually, it used to be. This is a replica of the real thing of where it was originally. The real David was absolutely amazing and located in the Accademia Gallery (you just can’t take photos!) Up close, David’s extremities are extremely large…GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE GUTTER!!…I’m talking about the hands and feet. They were carved to be awkwardly large on purpose so it was proportional when viewed far away. Definitely see both when you are in Firenze, both are stunning.

Can you spot David in the Palazzo Vecchio?

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He’s just left of the door.

Next is Neptune (far left statue of the Palazzo Vecchio).

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The Neptune figure stands on a high pedestal in the middle of an octagonal fountain and was meant to be an allusion to the dominion of the Florentines over the sea. Do keep in mind that this is a copy as well and the original is in the National Museum.

On the south side of the Palazzo Vecchio, the Vasari Corridor is an elevated enclosed passageway which connects the Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti. The idea of an enclosed passageway was motivated by the Grand Duke’s desire to move freely between his residence and the government palace because he had replaced the Republic of Florence and feared the public!

Now, the Ponte Vecchio (not to be confused with the Palazzo up above) is a Medieval stone closed-arch bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy. To this day, it still has shops built along it. The meat market of Ponte Vecchio was moved to avoid its smell reaching into the passage, its place being taken by the goldsmith shops that still occupy the bridge.

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Visiting at night was amazing because their was performers and musicians singing songs. The singer pictured below was singing a Dave Mathew’s Band song. As you can see, it was very popular among the crowd.

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…and I had to take a picture of this because I adored it.

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Shoes must go on!!

Ciao!

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