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Views of Florence

Florence is a stunning place to visit, much like all of Italy which is my favourite country to visit.

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Palazzo Medici-Riccardi – Florence

The Palazzo Medici-Riccardi  (he Renaissance Palace) was constructed in 1444 and the home of the Medici family until 50 years later when it was confiscated by the then Republican government.  In the following centuries the Palace changed hands several times and in 1814 the Riccardi family were forced to sell it to the state as they were unable to maintain the Palace due to their lavish lifestyle.   The baroque gallery with its stunning frescos is particularly impressive.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore – Florence

The first thing that strikes you when you approach the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo Cathedral) is its shear enormity, so it comes as no surprise that it’s the third largest in the world.  Being Florence’s most visited tourist attraction it dominates central Florence and when approaching from the surrounding streets its stunning marble cladding is simply impossible to miss.

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Make Art Not War

The Palazzo Medici-Riccardi  is one of many stunning palaces to enjoy in Florence and was once the workplace of revered artists such as Donatello, Michelangelo and Botticelli.  There are numerous examples of their stunning  masterpieces throughout the palace, however, at the opposite end of the spectrum there was an example of the ‘modern’ in the way of an exhibition ‘Make Art Not War’  by Obey aka Shepard Fairey.   Fairey is a renowned American street artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, Calafornia.  The exhibition is dedicated to the four themes of woman, environment, peace and culture; it features both large and small scale works which envelop his humanitarian, social and environmentalist ideals.

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Fiesole – Florence

Fiesole is a charming small Tuscan village which, due to its elevated position, affords fantastic views of Florence.   The town also has a number of historical sites and churches and provides respite from the bustling streets of Florence.

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Norcia

We were saddened to hear of the earthquake that caused terrible damage in Norcia on 30 Oct 16.  We were fortunate enough to visit Norcia to attend a friend’s wedding almost 5 years ago to the day, a visit that can only be described as unforgettable.  Completely enclosed within high walls, the town stamped its mark of tradition, culture and warmth on us almost immediately, and we fervently hope that the town regains it’s former beauty and charm.

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Positano Village – Amalfi

Here are a few shots (from a boat) of Positano, a clifftop village renowned for its steep and narrow streets.  Glad I stayed in the boat 🙂

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The Amalfi Coastline

Here are a few shots of the spectacular Amalfi coastline.

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Cathedral of St Andrew – Amalfi Town

For a relatively small town with few inhabitants it was a surprise to come across such a spectacular cathedral.  The 9th century cathedral is located in the Piazza del Duomo, Amalfi, Italy and is dedicated to the Apostle St Andrew.  Little did I know that he was not only the patron Saint of Scotland.  The cathedral complex consists of the basilica of the crucifix, the cloister of paradise and the crypt which houses the relics of St Andrew

 

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