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Florence - The Pearl Of Italy. P.2.

Uritsk Andrey • 7 minutes read • April 27th, 2016
On a nearby hill there is another cool observation deck where you can see

Florence

 from a glance!

After two hours of walking, I went back to the central part of the city - after all there is also a lot to see.

Here is a Florentine lady with her dog:

This is the 

Ponte Vecchio

.

And one of the dams situated upstream of the Arno River. Florentines are afraid of floods, especially due to the fact that the violent water can damage the bearings of the unique and ancient bridge . So there are several dams on the river near the city that regulate and steady the river, making sure the water flows slowly and calmly.

Now let's look at Florence in more detail; of course it is impossible to cover all of the museums and masterpieces of the city in just one day, we tried to capture and see something particularly interesting and unusual to keep as a souevenir that, in a way, defined the city's face. One of the symbols of Florence is the legendary Boar, perched on the territory of the old market. They say that if you rub its snout, you will be rewarded with a lot of money.

However, as we can see, superstitious tourists rub not only the snout but some other parts of its body as well. As they say, everyone rubs what they need.

By the boar's back, there are frolicking turtles, snakes and frogs. And the line to the sacred boar does not become shorter, even for a second.

Another 'must-do' when you are in Florence is to climb to the top of the dome of 

Duomo;

 the great and ancient cathedral, as well as main symbol of the city of Rome. Its dimensions are almost the same as that of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

The line to get upstairs goes far beyond the quarter but it's definitely worth the wait.

The dome of the Florence Cathedral is a little smaller than that of the Vatican. However the Cathedral's domes is so much longer and more interesting to see. The dome itself follows the same path; running along a narrow spiral staircase, intersection itself and making its way out onto the balcony, under the cathedral's ceiling.

While climbing these narrow stairs, you realize the power of engineering throughout the Renaissance. It was the famous architect, Filippo Brunelleschi, who designed this unique dome without an understanding of the modern theory of structural mechanics or computational programs used by present-day engineers. He did not even have analogs for the construction - his construction of the Cathedral during the Renaissance was unprecedented, a great many people did not believe he would succeed. However, Brunelleschi managed to do the impossible and for many centuries, the majestic dome of the Duomo has been the main attraction of Florence.

Below is the final straight - we are climbing up the narrow stairs of the spherical surface of the dome.

Here we are at the top! A bird's-eye view of Florence!

The dome of the Duomo is the only place where you can take a look at the high and slender campanile of the cathedral from the top downward:

Florence from above is simply gorgeous!

On the way back we again walked under the roof of the dome. The eyes catch medieval frescoes with what awaits people in the afterlife.

Interesting frescoes - paradise on the dome of the cathedral for some reason was not so memorable. However, negative characters are always more impressive - in fairy tales, cartoons and these ancient frescoes. Anyway, it is important that one should live their lives in a fine, honest and descent way. 

Descending from the cathedral, we strolled once again along Florence's Duomo, its campanile and Baptistery, while expertly glancing at the top of the unique dome of which we climbed a few moments ago.

Horses peacefully partake of hay on the old streets of the Renaissance.

And modern artists expertly paint on the pavement copies of old and famous works. 

And here is the last point of our route, the Piazza della Signoria, which was built in the 13th century. This is also where the significant Palazzo Vecchio is situated and a magnificent palace with a 308 foot (94-meter) tall tower and a coat of arms on its facade.

The space in front of the palace is lined with sculptures, less densely packed than any of the museum halls.

To the left of the entrance is the famous sculpture of David by Michelangelo. However, a copy stands on this place now - the original, built in 1873, was hidden in the nearby Gallery of the Academy: the specially laid tracks was the route on which the statue was carried, to its new home, for three days.

Piazza della Signoria in Florence is an amazing place: you will pressed to find a more wondrous experience in this Florentine square than in any museum in the city!

It is here, unfortunately, that we had to say goodbye to Florence and Italy. The Milan Express was already clattering along the platform of the Santa Maria Novella station.
Author: Uritsk
Source: uritsk.livejournal.com
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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