postcards from florence

Florence is every thing that’s written in books and your customary travel guides. The capital city of the Tuscany region, Florence is brimming with art and architecture, as it is the birthplace of the Italian Rennaisance. Palazzos and wide-open-spaced piazzas arrest you, the domed cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiori makes you stand still, statues made of marble inspire awe and will truly catch your eye.

Florence is less than a three-hour Eurostar train ride from Venice. Try to stay awake as scenes of the Tuscan countryside flash past your window. As we had barely 24 hours in the city, we only went to the big-on-tourists spots and resisted falling in line to get in either at the Uffizi Gallery with its Botticelli and Caravaggio artworks, or at the Accademia with the glorious David of Michelangelo. So we opted to see an exact, and much smaller, copy of David on Piazza della Signoria, along with other statues of equal stature. We also admired the imposing crowning glory of Florence – the Santa Maria del Fiori and its domed cathedral. Towards dusk, we looked out into the great Arno River which cuts through the old part of the city from Ponte Vecchio, before continuing on foot to Piazza Michelangelo for a breathtaking panoramic view of Florence, where the photo above was taken from. It’s truly worth the hike and is best experienced at night. 

Shopping is better in Florence, with more varied clothing shops and fashion houses. I picked up a sweater and a really cute underwear. Then there was also this cute Japanese guy working the street for money. He was drawing Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring on a pedestrian street corner with his bare hands and sticks of chalk. Supa-!!!


Coming up, postcards from Cinque Terre! Also, visit my photoblog at Fresh Frame. Thanks!


16 Responses to “postcards from florence”

  1. 1 Paul May 8, 2008 at 1:26 am

    Great photos… thanks for letting us view them. A trip to Florence is a once in a lifetime event for some people (like me). Thanks again — and good luck.

  2. 3 Ryeness May 8, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    p.s. i hope u’re feeling better now. :-)

  3. 4 yed May 8, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    how did you get to take that beautiful skyline of florence at night???? from which viewpoint is that? oh i miss florence tuloy. shucks i envy that view you got!!!

  4. 5 pepe May 9, 2008 at 6:34 am

    hahahaha…hey show me some of yur snaps sa pinas naman!

  5. 6 freshmess May 9, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    @ Paul – You’re welcome. It is indeed a place one should visit in his lifetime. But wait til you see my post on Cinque Terre! Thanks!

    @ Ryeness – I’m feeling ok now, and much better because I started on a new job today! :) Thanks!

    @ yed – I took it from Piazza Michelangelo, walking distance from Ponte Vecchio and a long hike up. But the views from there are spectacular, specially at night as you can see in the photo! :)

    @ pepe – Hehehe, I had some photos posted from Pinas around December/January. Just look at ’em. :)

  6. 7 yed May 10, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    really??? i didn’t know that place! sheesh…hmmm…that will be another reason for going back there then…hahaha…hey by the way, did you go THE MALL?

  7. 8 freshmess May 11, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    The Mall? What’s that? Hehehe.

  8. 9 RennyBA May 11, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks for taking us with and what a nice way to show us all the pics. Great to see and hear you had such a wonderful time!

  9. 10 Fendi May 13, 2008 at 2:36 am

    Ang taray! napa aga ang summer mo sister!!! Haaii!! I can’t wait to fly for Canary next few weeks!

    lovely photos darlin!


  10. 12 can a cat cancan May 17, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    is your new job being a photographer?
    You take beautiful pictures, and I appreciate you sharing them.
    My son has promised me a trip within the next 2 years to many places in Italy. With your pictures I feel I have seen some of it already!

  11. 13 freshmess May 18, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    You’re welcome, Renny!

    Thanks, wah!

    What a great son you have, can a cat cancan! Thanks for the compliment!

  12. 14 freshmess May 18, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks, Fendi! Canary… how sosyal!!! :D

  13. 15 yed May 30, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    THE MALL is a a mall with designer outlet stores such as bottega, gucci, armani, ferragamo, burberry, tod’s, etc…you name it, it is there. prada has their own though, a train ride away from THE MALL. dolce and gabanna as well, further away pa. my, you should go there next time! everything is like 50% off! even the recent collections are there if you are lukcy it isn’t sold out. hehe.

  14. 16 freshmess May 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Oh THAT!!! Now I remember what that is, I even bookmarked it in my computer. How could I have forgotten about it? It’s so close to Florence! Aaargh, well, next time then, and I’ll make sure I’ll remember it. Hehehe, thanks yed!!!

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