Dreaming of Florence

The colorful vendors on streets, the Arno River with the ancient Ponte Vecchio stretching over the water, the beautiful Duomo of Florence, glowing with pink and white and green marble, the Piazza della Signoria where folks meet and watch each other, the Vespas zipping by, the sounds of a string quartet near the Loggia dei Lanzi–I miss them all. (Click on photos for full page view.)

Facade of Cathedral di Santa Maria del Fiore Il Duomo

Facade of Cathedral di Santa Maria del Fiore
Il Duomo
Photo by Jerri

Side view of Cathedral

Side view of Cathedral

Click below for short video about this Cathedral and its famous dome.


Brunelleschi, Dome: Brunelleschi, Dome of the Cathedral of Florence, 1420-36

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

While we have been in Florence several times, in recent years we have explored other parts of the Italian boot, and the unique and beautiful culture of Sicily.

Interior View of Dome

Interior View of Dome
Photo by John Alexander

I loved those journeys, but I am eager to go back to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, the former Republic ruled by the fascinating Medicis.

Lighting Candle Inside Florence Cathedral

Lighting Candle Inside
Florence Cathedral
Photo by Peggy Alexander

This time I will take more photos. Maybe I will climb to the top of Brunelleschi’s dome and look out at the tile roofs below. Then I will pose with one of the street mimes and eat gelato in the piazza.

DoorsDetail

Detail of Doors to Baptistery
by Lorenzo Ghiberti
Photo by Jerri

Madonna and Child with Angels by Filippo Lippi in Uffizi Gallery

Madonna and Child
with Angels by Filippo Lippi in Uffizi Gallery

Perhaps I will invite you to come along.

About Custom Italy Tours

We Love Italy! My husband Larry and I, assisted by our family, operate Travel All Over, a full-service travel agency, as well as Custom Italy Tours which is focused on providing fully customized tours of Italy for individuals, families, and groups. I'm the Italian (born Geromina Ferrara), and Larry is the Italian wanna-be. We are both Italy Specialists and Larry is a CTC (Certified Travel Counselor).
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