Florence city tour 1st part; Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens

Central Europe last part; 5-days solo wandering in Italy
October 28 to November 02, 2013


Starting from the hostel where I checked-in first and which is around 400 meters away from Firenze Santa Maria Novella Train station, I roam the city again by self-guided walk by a free map provided, starting back from Train Station going outwards. Getting around on the ground... Florence (Firenze) is one of the most walkable cities in the world, you will walk and you don't really have a choice. What with all the architecture and medieval wall candy - you'll hardly notice when you wear a hole through those flip flops. Thankfully, Firenze is world renowned for leather and Italy for its boots.

Most people know that Florence has some crazy pedigree - Aristocratic, Artistic, Political, Religious - you name it. But before we get to know all of this Dead Celebrities, lets take a little walk down memory lane. Florence City was originally established by none other than the Lord of the Laurel Leaves - Julius Caesar - in roughly 59BC. The original Florentia (the flourishing) was established mostly as a pit stop and trading post for Caesar's many armies heading from Rome to defend whatever tribe was attacking from the North.

Firenze, Florence, Florentia, Fuoco and Foco, Florentina la Viola! The world has been obsessed with this little Tuscan outpost ever since she was blushing bambino. Over the centuries, Florence has seen countless invasions, political turmoil, warring factions, financial boom and bust. But none of this really has anything to do with why you visit Florence. Why you are here? It's the ART! From Michaelangelo's breathtaking marble boy toys, Botticelli's shellfish delight to Ghiberti's daunting doors and Brunelleschi's Curvaceous wall hanging over... it all... That sweet and sultry Renaissance stimulates the senses and sits so nice in the soul.
 
Florence city tour 1st part; Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens

Florence city tour 1st part; Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens

Florence city tour 1st part; Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens

Florence city tour 1st part; Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens

Florence city tour 1st part; Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens

Florence city tour 1st part; Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens

Florence city tour 1st part; Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens

Florence city tour 1st part; Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens

Florence city tour 1st part; Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens

Florence city tour 1st part; Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens

Florence city tour 1st part; Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens

Florence city tour 1st part; Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens

Pitti Palace is a monster massive museum including Palatina Gallery - mostly masterpieces of Renaissance like Raphael, Titian, Rubens, etc..., Gallery of Modern Art - paintings from Neoclassicism to the 1920's arranged chronologically..., Th Royal Apartments - what would you do if you were an interior designer for the Medici's..., Silver Museum - pretty much what it sound..., Boboli Gardens - largest gardens in Florence filled with statues, grottos and large fountains. Admission for Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens combination ticket costs 10 Euro.

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much of thanks for visiting the viewing deck ^_^

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