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Old May 18th, 2008, 12:33 AM   #21
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SANTA CROCE

And now we pass to one of the national glories, the Basilica di Santa Croce (Holy Cross), on the square bearing the same name, not so far from Piazza San Firenze.

The church contains innumerable masterpieces, among which Giotto's frescos, the Cappella dei Pazzi (Family Pazzi’s Chapel), Filippo Brunelleschi’s masterpiece and a museum with Cimabue’s Crucifix; besides, it acts as pantheon with the graves of some illustrious Italian notables.

The square and the church:

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Restorations in the church:

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Cimabue’s Crucifix, seriously damaged by the 1966 flood:

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The Cappella dei Pazzi by Brunelleschi

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Old May 18th, 2008, 12:36 AM   #22
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Now we are going to visit Oltrarno (= on the other side of the Arno), the historical quarter lying on the southern bank of the Arno. No pictures are available for Palazzo Pitti e Giardini dei Boboli, great masterpieces I couldn’t go to see.

Climbing to Piazzale Michelangelo you can enjoy one of the most famous views over the city, going through the beautiful avenues planted with trees, realized when Florence became the transitory capital of Kingdom of Italy, in the second part of the 19th century.
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Old May 18th, 2008, 12:37 AM   #23
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From Piazzale Michelangelo it is easy to join San Miniato al Monte, beautiful romanesque church with a splendid façade, that dominates from the top of the hill the whole Florence:

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Old May 18th, 2008, 12:41 AM   #24
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In Oltrarno, on the hill and near San Frediano, there are the rests of the ancient walls:

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The walls next to Borgo San Frediano and the same suburb framed by the gate:

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Old May 18th, 2008, 12:43 AM   #25
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Church of San Frediano in Cestello

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Piazza di Santo Spirito

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Piazza dei Pitti

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Old May 18th, 2008, 12:45 AM   #26
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Now a path that, departing from the Lungarno Vespucci in Borgo Ognissanti, passes through Santa Maria Novella, San Lorenzo, and finally reaches Piazza San Marco and Piazza della Santissima Annunziata.
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Old May 18th, 2008, 01:18 AM   #27
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BORGO OGNISSANTI

In Piazza Ognissanti (Ognissanti means “All Hallows”), that lies on Lungarno Vespucci, we find the church with the same name and the beautiful Palazzo Lenzi-Quaratesi, fifteenth-century, adorned of "sgraffitti", current seat of the French Institute of the University of Grenoble and the annexe Libreria Francese.

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Old May 18th, 2008, 01:21 AM   #28
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SANTA MARIA NOVELLA

Piazza Santa Maria Novella is currently occupied from a yard that is taking care of the remaking of the flooring. The beautiful square shows itself with the well rearranged buildings, worthy frame to the majestic gothic church of Santa Maria Novella (= St. Mary the New, to distinguish it from Santa Maria in Fiore, Fiore = Flower, that is the Cathedral) whose splendid façade was realized by Leon Battista Alberti.

Square and church:

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The apse of the church:

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Particular of the Loggia di San Paolo (St. Paul), on the northern side of the square.

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Old May 18th, 2008, 01:22 AM   #29
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Old May 18th, 2008, 01:23 AM   #30
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Old May 18th, 2008, 01:27 AM   #31
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SAN LORENZO

In Piazza San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence) we find the beautiful homonymous Basilica, Brunelleschi’s masterpiece, with the Cappelle Medicee (Medicean Chapels), Palazzo Medici-Ricciardi and a vivacious market.

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Old May 18th, 2008, 01:32 AM   #32
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SAN MARCO AND SANTISSIMA ANNUNZIATA

Piazza San Marco (St. Mark) is very animated because of the proximity of the University. Facing the square is the church with the same name, wanted by Cosimo the Old; the Lord of Florence committed the project to Michelozzo, who also realized the annexe convent; the church was rebuilt then in the 18h century.

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Piazza della Santissima Annunziata (the Virgin Mary) is one of the most beautiful Florentine squares, a complex conforming to the architectural ideal of the Renaissance.
Its centre is adorned by the equestrian statue of the Grand Duke of Tuscany Ferdinando I, one of Gianbologna’s work.

Among the worthy of mention buildings, Palazzo Griffoni, built by Ammannati, with its unusual pink color and the famous Ospedale degli Innocenti, one of Brunelleschi’s masterpieces.


Equestrian statue of the Grand Duke of Tuscany Ferdinando

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Ospedale degli Innocenti

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The square

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In the background the dome of the Cathedral, to the left, Palazzo Griffoni.

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Old May 18th, 2008, 01:37 AM   #33
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FIESOLE

To conclude, some images of Fiesole, town of the Florentine hill, from which you can enjoy magnificient views over the city.

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The slope of St. Francis:

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Last look over Florence:

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Old May 18th, 2008, 09:13 AM   #34
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Bravo, Bravo!
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Old May 18th, 2008, 11:14 AM   #35
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Grazie!
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Old May 18th, 2008, 11:33 AM   #36
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Wow - you've taken so many photos and they're all brilliant. Superb shots all round there Gioven. So much attention to detail!
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Old May 18th, 2008, 12:39 PM   #37
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Amazing pics Really nice work folks
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Old May 18th, 2008, 12:58 PM   #38
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thanks!

@ Bristol Mike: There were three beautiful days, after the rain, and so everything was so brilliant and it was easy to find the right light for the shots.
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Old May 21st, 2008, 08:55 PM   #39
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SOME OLD IMAGES OF THE CITY

Santa Croce during the flood. 1966

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Santa Croce before the construction of the façade (in 19Th century)

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Old May 21st, 2008, 09:14 PM   #40
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MISCELLANY - Part 1

Borgo Ognissanti

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Piazza della Signoria

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Duomo

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Santa Croce

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