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Italy. Florence. Basilica Di Santa Croce. Piazza Della Signoria

Capi4ca • 4 minutes read • May 26th, 2016
We continued further through the center of 

Florence

. The Old Town covers an area of less than 1 square mile (1 square kilometer). So I had a feeling that there were more tourists here than in Rome. It was definitely cramped! 
We came to the 

Basilica di Santa Croce, which was under repair at the time.

 
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There were a lot of graves and memorial plaques of famous people inside the Basilica di Santa Croce. Galileo Galilei, Michelangelo, Michal Oginski (do you remember Polonaise by Oginski?) and Enrico Fermi were among them.
There was also a funerary monument to Dante Alighieri but the poet is actually buried somewhere else, as a result of being expelled from the city. While they tried to move his remains back into the church, they were unable to do so. 
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We continued through the narrow streets of the Old Town, making our way through the bustling crowd of tourists.
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And suddenly we came to a large square.
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This is the 

Piazza della Signoria

.
On the left is the equestrian statue of Duke Cosimo I de' Medici, in the center is the Fountain of Neptune and on the right is the Palazzo Vecchio
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More to the right, you can see the Loggia dei Lanzi - an arched pavilion with 15 statues under the roof. Most of the statues, of course, are copies.
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This is a wider view of the square from another direction.
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Now let's look at everything in detail.
This is the equestrian statue of Duke Cosimo I de' Medici . . . there were so many tourists!
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This is the Fountain of Neptune. It was impossible to get any closer.
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On the left - the bell tower of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and on the right - the tower of the Palazzo del Bargello.
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This is the Palazzo Vecchio that now houses the Town Hall.
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Loggia dei Lanzi.
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And this was the end of our sightseeing tour with the guide. We bought some ice-cream and went walking on our own.
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Author: Capi4ca
Source: capi4ca.livejournal.com
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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