Florence, Italy Photo Diary

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Hi Everyone, πŸ™‚

Here’s a picture tour of the very beautiful Florence. We stayed at the beautiful Plaza Hotel LucchesiΒ . We got a classic two story suite that was located right in front of the Arno river. The location and services were amazing. The staff was very helpful. The only drawback was that there was no complimentary tea/coffee in the room.

The first day we reached Florence, I was running high on fever. To add to that it rained heavily that evening so it got very cold. We took things slow and decided to check only some main locations and the statue of David by Michaelangelo.

Oh! the first thing you’d notice as you step out in Florence is the amazing leather products. They have a school of leather in Florence. So keep a look out for beautiful leather products. πŸ™‚

For the next day we booked a ‘Best of Tuscany Tour’ with Walk About Florence. That’s one of the best thing we did during our trip in Florence. It was beautifully well planned day tour that included a visit to Siena, wine tasting & lunch at Chianti Vineyards (which was all organic and sooo brilliant), a visit to San Gimignano, a stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a little drive around the beautiful town of Pisa and back to Florence. It was amazingly planned. Highly recommended if you plan to visit Florence.

We have reached Venice and honestly, I am still soaking in the beauty of the place. Venice is a dream destination. More on that later. πŸ™‚

Sanjeev has done some stunning photography here. Hope you enjoy the pics. πŸ™‚

The view from our room after it rained.

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Beautiful streets of rainy Florence

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Many statues at Piazza della Signoria

Bartolommeo Bandinelli’s Hercules and Cacus
Piazza della Signoria statues

Benvenuto Cellini’s statue Perseus With the Head of Medusa

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Many sides ofΒ The Basilica di Santa Maria del FioreΒ It is the largest brick dome ever constructed.

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower 1 The famous Statue of David by Michelangleo. David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504, by the Italian artist Michelangelo. It is 5.17-metre (17.0 ft) marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David, a favoured subject in the art of Florence.

david-museum-florence david-museum-florence-inside david-statue-italy The Pieta of Michaelangelo – this structure broke my heart. πŸ™ The Deposition (also called the Florence PietΓ , the Bandini PietΓ  or The Lamentation over the Dead Christ) is a marble sculpture by the Italian High Renaissance master Michaelangelo. The sculpture, on which Michelangelo worked between 1547 and 1553, depicts four figures – the dead body of Jesus Christ, newly taken down from the Cross, Nicodemus (or possibly Joseph of Arimathea), Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary. The sculpture is housed in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence.

michaelangelo-pieta falling-of-christ Hello, Siena (Tuscany)! πŸ™‚

siena-fruit-market The oldest bank in the world. It was found in 1472 and is operational till now. :Osiena-oldest-bank siena-streets Beautiful windows!Β siena-houses

Piazza Del Campo. The famous Palio race takes place in this square.

sienna-square The very beautiful Siena Cathedral. It was built between 1215 -1263.

Siena Cathedral Siena Cathedral photos Siena Cathedral architecture Siena Cathedral beauty Siena Cathedral notes naples-7583World is our canvas!

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The Chianti Vineyards.

chianti-vineyards-wine-tasting chianti-vineyards-wine-travel chianti-wine-florence When you own a vineyard, you use old wine drums as vase stands. πŸ˜›

chianti-wine-florence-photos wine-tasting-italy wine-tasting-chianti Made friends over glasses of wine. πŸ™‚chianti-vineyards countryside-florence Fed the cows. Something that I have rarely done in India. πŸ˜›

cows-chianti-vineyards florence-countryside The stunning countryside.Β drive-leaning-tower-of-pisa italy-florence-countryside Hola! San Gimignano. as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses, which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls form “an unforgettable skyline”.

Things to do here – They have the best gelato in the world. And the little shops here have the uniquest of things you may ever find. Especially check out the jewellery and leather bags shops here.

San Gimignano San Gimignano tuscany tuscany town San Gimignano shopping San Gimignano photos Off to Pisa in a chuk-chuk train. :))

tram-leaning-tower-of-pisa The leaning tower of Pisa actually leans! πŸ˜€

leaning-tower-of-pisa-photos I gotcha! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€leaning-tower-of-pisa pisa On our way back… πŸ™‚

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More posts from our Europe Travel

European Summers : Rome
Rome : Day 2
Europe Italy Travel : Naples, Amalfi Coast, Positano, Sorrento, Pompeii
The Dreamy, Poetic, Magical Venice
Paris – Milan
Disneyland (Paris) – Happiest Place on Earth!

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22 Responses to Florence, Italy Photo Diary

  1. Leena JD says:

    Beeautiful place Rati!! Your travel posts inspire me to travel the world so much and I hope that day will come soon!! There is so much to see and do out there!!! anyways you look stunning in that black top as usual! I really don’t know how you manage to look that way even while traveling….I really loved the blue maxi dress you wore in your previous post. All I can think of me wearing during traveling is jeans and a baggy t-shirt…sigh!!

    Hope you are doing better from fever and enjoy your trip!! though I don’t comment on every post, the first thing I do as soon as I get on the comp. is check for your posts and looks like am the first one to comment today πŸ˜€

    • Rati says:

      awww thanks a ton leena. :)) I am so glad!! :)) I have almost recovered from fever. πŸ™‚ I hope you get to travel a lot!! :))

  2. Parminder says:

    dat leaning tower picture is so beautiful .it gives 3d effect…..all the pics are awesome yaar…really wanna visit the whole world nw…thanks alot for showing us such beautiful places thru pics….really enjoyig each n every post…GOD BLESS U BOTH:)

  3. Dita says:

    What a lovely pics. I hope I can go to Italy one moment!

  4. sweta says:

    Hope you are doing we ll now Rati….
    loved each and every pic…. felt like I am traveling with you guys πŸ˜€

  5. Anusha says:

    Lovely Pics Rati !! Take care of your health !! Have good food πŸ™‚ Felt as if we too traveled with you !!

  6. Jyoti says:

    You holding the tower pic is so adorable !

  7. Manasi says:

    Loved your pictures!!

  8. aru says:

    Gorgeous pics. Loving your trip and thanks for sharing.

  9. anita shukla says:

    Beautiful pictures Rati, beautiful click of statues and you are looking gorgeous as always.Enjoy

  10. Swati says:

    Hey Rati πŸ™‚ I am absolutely loving your Italy tour .. Amazing pictures. Captured very beautifully πŸ™‚ I hope you have many such beautiful tours. πŸ™‚

    I am not sure, if it is the right post to leave a comment, but, I was just going through some really old posts in IMBB when I stumbled upon http://makeupandbeauty.com/romantic-moment-partner/ by Sanjeev. And I loved this post so much that I read all the comments, and in a place you had mentioned that you both were going through a very tough time to get married. I could just relate my present situation to that.7 months down, and we are still fighting.Whenever I feel down and hopeless, I read this post – http://totalgadha.com/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=4504 to cheer myself up. I have read it like, so many times πŸ™‚ And each time, it leaves a smile on my face. πŸ™‚

    I just wanted to tell You & Sanjeev, a big Thank You .. πŸ™‚ You both are my inspiration and you guys are truly amazing. Have a great life ahead Rati. πŸ™‚

  11. Mitali Harmalkar says:

    Not going to say the same thing again..of how much I loved this post too..because I obviously loved it. πŸ˜€ I highly agree with you saying Sanjeev ji has taken really beautiful shots here. I caught my breath in those photos inside of some chapel or basilica..I don’t know whether you remember but I am the same Crazy architecture student follower of yours, who had commented on your previous travel posts too and also on your instagram post few days back and you’ed replied to me. Haha..your travel posts make my inner architect’s soul happy! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

  12. niharika says:

    Amazing clicks Rati. It feels so great to see smbdy follwing her passion. Kudos.
    I wish smtym if I was a nomade… Travelling across places n meetin all new people.
    Wat a thrill n wat a way to live lyf.

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