Photographs and quotes about Florence

Quotes from the book “Florence/Firenze” and pictures taken by me

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

St Mary of the Flower with its elegant bell tower can be see from far and wide: you see it above the houses at the end of a hundred streets. Its well-combined variegation of coloured marbles gives it an air of festivity and wealth that our plain dark monuments never have. This church holds such appeal to me that whenever it catches my eye during our strolls, I cannot help but walk up to it, and I shall never tire of looking at it.” (EugΓ¨ne Viollet-le-Duc)

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“The Cathedral, called as usual in Italy Il Duomo is an edifice of great strength and magnificence, and ranks among the first of the kind in Europe. It is in fact, if we consider magnitude and materials, boldness and skill, the second and in these respects inferior only to the unrivalled Vatican. Its walls are incrusted with black and white marble; it is paved with variegated marble disposed, at least in part, by Michelangelo; it is adorned both within and without by marble statues, most of which are works of the most eminent sculptors; and its paintings are in general masterpieces of the art.”Β (John Chetwode Eustace)

Palazzo Vecchio-Old Palace

“What can I draw of the Old Palace? It stupefies you. It has such a delicate refinement in its brutal facade, so much force in its belfry…” (Le Corbusier)

The Palazzo Vecchio rises before me, oppressive in its abrupt compact bulk, and I can feel upon me its heavy grey shadow. From the building’s crenellated shoulders soars the bell tower, stretching out its muscular neck into the nightfall. It is so high that I am seized by dizziness as I lift my eyes towards its helmeted head. And when, somewhat unsettled, I look around for shelter, the arches of a vast portico appear before me: it is the Loggia dei Lanzi” (Rainer Maria Rilke)

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Uffizi, detail

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Old Bridge-Ponte Vecchio

“Among the four old bridges that span the river, the Ponte Vecchio, that bridge which is covered with the shops of Jewellers and Goldsmiths, is a most enchanting feature in the scene. The space of one house, in the centre, being left open, the view beyond, is shown as in a frame; and that precious glimpse of sky, and water, and rich buildings, shining so quietly among the huddled roofs and gables on the bridge, is exquisite“. (Charles Dickens)

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Night view of Florence

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42 thoughts on “Photographs and quotes about Florence

  1. I love the first photo. And the second. And, well, the third. OKay, they are all cool. Palazzo Vecchio…especially. And the pont. I guess now I have to return to Florence. Dang the luck!

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      1. Firenze is one of my favorite cities (I don’t like cities in general). But I got one of the worst haircuts ever…well, the guy didn’t really speak English.

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  2. Florence may be my favorite city. Your photos make me long to be back there.
    You have refreshingly new perspectives on landmarks that have been photographed who knows how many millions of times. Thank you for that.

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  3. Martina! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog – – I followed you back and have just spent a wonderful hour going through your posts! I miss Italy so much, and Florence especially. I spent 10 days there last September, my first ever European Journey, and I cannot wait to go back!! (I missed the Bronzinos in the Palazzo Vecchio and Eleanora’s Chapel!!) I did get to Pontormo’s magnificent Deposition at Santa Felicita, and when I do get back to Florence I will go there every day. Fabulous photography, I am longing to sketch in those places! Grazie!
    Until then, I will scooter out into the Spring sunshine here, it is a sparkly coast day today – my home is an amazing place to sketch too πŸ™‚

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    1. My pleasure! I love your works πŸ™‚ Thank you so much! I’m so happy you liked my posts, it means a lot to me! Thank you for your kind words about Florence πŸ™‚ I really appreciate your comment!

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  4. I love your photos. I spent only one day in Firenze and wished for more time.It’s a beautiful city. I fell in love with David and the other statues inside the museum and outside too I remember a majestic church with beautiful green marble. Am I correct?

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    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚ You’re right, there’re many churches with green marble in Florence: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and the Basilica of San Mianiato a Monte πŸ™‚ They’re absolutely stunning!

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  5. Absolutely wonderful impressions framed by your great narrative! You are bringing back so many happy memories from our visit. A looong time ago. But at least the beauty of Florence is timeless… πŸ˜‰
    Wishing you a happy Sunday. ❀

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