We visited four cities in northern Italy during the Spring of 2009. First we flew into Milan and spent four nights there and then we rode on the train to Venice for another four nights. Our third stop was the magical city of Florence — Firenze to the Italians. The other day I decided to play with a dozen of the hundreds of photos I took during our four-day stay in Florence and see how they looked in monochrome. Here are the results:
View of Florence and the River Arno from Piazzale Michelangelo. The Ponte Vecchio is just left of center. The Pallazo Vecchio dominates the skyline on the right.
An alley in central Florence.
The Duomo’s Bell Tower (aka Giotto’s Campanile) is a separate building from the church.
Palm Sunday procession near the entrance to the Duomo.
The famous east bronze doors of the Florence Baptistery across the piazza from the Duomo. The doors were created by Lorenzo Ghiberti. Michelangelo called them the Gates of Paradise.
Perseus holding the head of Medusa in the Piazza della Signoria.
The Piazza di Santa Croce in front of the Basilica di Santa Croce.
The Dante Memorial in front of Santa Croce. Michelangelo, Rossini, Machiavelli, Galileo and many other famous Italians are buried in the church. But Dante’s sarcophagus is empty. He is buried in Ravenna since he was exiled from Florence.
The copy of Michelangelo’s David looking over Florence from the top of Piazzale Michelangelo. We saw cars like these all over the Oltrarno district of Florence but none across the river in central Florence where they are banned. Central Florence is a UNESCO heritage site and a ZTL (restricted traffic zone).
The view as we walked along the Arno on our walk back from Piazza Michelangelo to central Florence.
View from Piazza della Signoria of people going to and coming from the Uffizi Gallery.
Our favorite classical guitar player is a street musician named Piotr Tomaszewski. We usually found him on the corner of the walkway that connects Piazza della Signoria with the Uffizi.
Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge has been suspended for awhile because of her trip to America. But she is on her way back to Australia and MM will begin again in October. Look for my entries on Tuesdays (Wednesdays in Australia). With this practice I think I will be ready for her next theme: country.
For more pictures of Florence see here and here.