Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with approximately 382,000 inhabitants, expanding to over 1,520,000 in the metropolitan area.
Florence is famous for its history: a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, it is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called “the Athens of the Middle Ages”. A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family, and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865 to 1871 the city was the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy.
The Palazzo Vecchio (“Old Palace”) is the town hall of Florence, Italy. It overlooks the Piazza della Signoria with its copy of Michelangelo’s David statue as well as the gallery of statues in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi.
Originally called the Palazzo della Signoria, after the Signoria of Florence, the ruling body of the Republic of Florence, it was also given several other names: Palazzo del Popolo, Palazzo dei Priori, and Palazzo Ducale, in accordance with the varying use of the palace during its long history. The building acquired its current name when the Medici duke’s residence was moved across the Arno to the Palazzo Pitti.
Piazza della Signoria is an L-shaped square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. It was named after the Palazzo della Signoria, also called Palazzo Vecchio. It is the focal point of the origin and of the history of the Florentine Republic and still maintains its reputation as the political hub of the city. It is the meeting place of Florentines as well as the numerous tourists, located near Ponte Vecchio and Piazza del Duomo
1 & 2. Panoramic views of Florence
3. Jim Gaffney takes a scenic picture of Florence as we enter the city.
4. Our Florence tour guide. Very bubbly personality who spoke with passion about the Italian works of art. You will notice the red flag draped over her shoulder. She would hold this above her head when our group was moving so we could keep her in view.
5 & 6. The narrow streets of Florence
7. Plazza (square) Signoria, the main square in Florence
8. The statue of Neptune
9. Michaelangelo’s David
10. Palazzo Vecchio
11. The Florence Cathedral by day.
12. The Florence Cathedral at night. This picture was taken approximately 11:00 p.m. on a weekday night.
13. The Gelato store in Florence, home of the biggest and best ice cream you will ever eat.
14. Karen McCloskey holding a Gelato ice cream cone (regular size) in her right hand, and a Gelato sunday in her left hand.
15. Newly married couple celebrate their marriage with a beautiful Florentine carriage ride.
16. The reliquaries of two Eucharistic miracles which took place in 1230 and 1595 are held in Florence’s Church of Saint Ambrose. Click this link for details.
16. Carol Ebnit holds her newly purchased Salamino sausage. “Salamino” was Carol’s maiden name.
17. Dinner at our Florence hotel, The Anglo Americani