25 Days in Europe – Florence the Hyping Art Scene

It's that time again...

I've not continued on with my 30 Days in Europe posts for 2 weeks, Whoazers! Well for the first day of May I'm posting double the pics for your enjoyment. I really think Inspiration steams from culture and other art and these Europe photos are at the forefront of where my inspiration come from. So I want to share these with you as well!

Florence! Or as they say in Italian “Firenze!” Like Siena the city is filled with red brick rooftops as far as the eye could see. It’s also the motherland of Renaissance art. Much of the 14th and 15th Century architecture is still very much intact. We started the day exploring the city with a free tour provided by our hostel Archi Rossi. Our tour guide is a Florence native and showed us places that I’ve never even been to during my first trip here! From Medieval Fortresses to Bottecelli Paintings, we soaked in the Florentine culture and realize why this was the hot spot for all things creative. The city is surrounded by the Tuscany scenery and split in half by the Arno River. We took our break and headed for Florence's Santa Trinita Gelateria shop. Needless to say that I went crazy for Gelato ice cream, (my excuse was you’re only in Italy for so long…)

After the tour was finished we headed off to the Pitti Palace Museum, home of the Medici family and patrons of the arts. Like all European palaces, they were ornate, grand, and highly decorative. But I find the Italians had a flare for bold colors and design, whereas the French was light and airy. We walked through markets near the Ponte Vecchio Bridge and found street artists drawing famous works of art on the ground with nothing but colored chalk in their hands. Everyone stopped in their tracks at the sight of 3 artists sitting side by side drawing like a kid in the playground.

Nearby was Florence’s Dumo or catherdral. Every town and city in Italy has one. Florence’s is the largest dome made out of brick in the world and still standing as if was build yesterday! We climb up the 400 Steps, it’s quite a feat I know but the view on the dome is worth it! The painted interior ceiling is a masterpiece as I tried to take pictures without that bullet proof glass in the way. Our day passed by so quick it was evening by the time we got out.

Florence…An awesome city with rich history is one of my top must sees!

Until the next adventure in Europe…

Click on the “30 Days in Europe” link to follow our travels around Europe.

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May 1, 2009 at 3:24 PM

I found you through the Etsy forums,...Great pics!

I spent a month in Europe and 3 days in Firenze, clearly not long enough, but I loved it! Can't wait to go back and I can't wait to see the rest of your Europe features :)


May 1, 2009 at 3:30 PM

yes, Florence is a great city!
Here in Spain there are many nice cities too ;)


May 2, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Amazing pictures!


May 3, 2009 at 9:05 AM

I'm greeeennnn with envy...but thanks for sharing the gorgeous pics...


May 3, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Beautiful pictures...I love Italy; I have been fortunate enough to visit Venice...beautiful.

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May 3, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Great photos! I would love to go to Italy, I'm quite fond of Tuscan design. Thank you for sharing!


May 4, 2009 at 10:35 PM


You captured such a great feel!


May 6, 2009 at 12:48 AM

What an absolutely awesome experience...I would so love to go, and love reading about your day!