One of the great things about travelling around Tuscany by train is the unexpected views of all the lovely towns and villages dotted around the countryside. Unfortunately I don't know the name of the hillside town above, if anyone does please let me know.
We walked from the main train station, Santa Maria Novella into the city of Florence. Luckily I remembered my way to the centre after last visiting Florence four years ago. There were many people in the city so we had to weave our way through them and then we caught a glimpse of the Duomo in the sunshine:
A view of the magnificent facade of the cathedral:
The exterior marble on the cathedral was not added until the 19th century, although it does not look much different to the campanile designed and built by Giotto much earlier in the 14th century:
The Ponte Vecchio:
The back of the Uffizi art gallery which was once the administrative offices for the Medici family:
The magnificent 'Gates of Paradise' doors of the Baptistery designed by Lorenzo Ghiberti and made in his workshop. These doors are actually reproductions and the originals are being kept and restored in the Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (the Museum of the Works of the Cathedral) which is also worth a visit too:
You cannot help but gaze in wonder at the cathedral dome designed and built by Brunelleschi, who incidentally lost out to Ghiberti in a competition to design and build the doors of the Baptistery. The dome of the Duomo is one of the famous landmarks in Florence and it was Brunelleschi's genius that enabled the dome to be made when no one else at that time had any idea how to build it. You can climb up its 463 steps for a magnificent view of Florence, however luckily we did not have time to do this as I am not sure that I could have done this without feeling dizzy :
Over on my art blog I have a giveway of one of my prints, please click here for more details.