As I close my eyes to think of a happy place, I smell the aroma of the wood oven pizza, taste the gelato and hear the laughter of the friendly people, I see their hands moving in dramatic gestures. I see myself walking through the streets admiring the architecture; the weight of the camera hanging around my neck, the warmth of the Tuscan sun on my face and the cobbled street beneath my feet... I want to open my eyes and find myself in Florence once again.
Florence is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and you know this to be true the moment you enter the historical district. The cobblestone streets lined with magnificent old buildings give the city its charm. It is impossible not to fall in love with Florence.
Walking in Florence was almost like walking through an open air museum, the city is quite compact and well connected. Brunelleschi’s revolutionary dome on the marble Duomo is the central landmark of this city, and its splendor is complimented by the surrounding works of art and architecture.
Long ruled by the Medici family, Florence is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and is the regional capital of Tuscany.
Also like most cities in Italy, Florence also has its own majestic cathedral. The Duomo, with its exterior making a bold statement of Florentine power and interior comparatively simplistic with some very popular art works like the last judgement by Vasari, it is a definite masterpiece. It is truly awe-inspiring and sends everybody in a photographing frenzy. You'll catch glimpses of the dome peeping over the rooftops as soon as you arrive in Florence, but your first face-to-face encounter with its pink, white and green marble glory is hard to forget.
I would highly recommend sitting outside the Duomo for a while and breathing in its immense beauty and the atmosphere. Sitting there and sketching I saw many people carrying the same blue gelato cups from Grom … we decided to try it and saw the huge...