Friday, 29 March 2013


My friend and fan Anton finally carved out some time, a little while back, to fulfill one of his dreams and place another tick on the bucket list.

A European tour is on most people's list.  Many do not get to place the tick, but some like Anton, do.  After viewing the absolutely breath-taking photos of his tour of Vienna, Italy, I silently decided that Florence, Sienna and other sites on the tour, will be ticked on my list.  Of course, he plans to return!

The photos shared here are just a few from the bus and walking tours of Florence, the home of Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and other great artists from the Renaissance period. This was the commercial capital of the world at that time and home of the Medici Dynasty.   
 The Arno River and bridges, grand churches, museums, piazzas, spectacular look-out views and just ordinary open spaces, convey a sense of the unhurried atmosphere and age of the city.  Truly amazing scapes!
Views of Sienna, San Gimignana, the heart of the Tuscany region sent me in search of the movie 'Under the Tuscan Sun', which remains high on the list of my favorite movies. 

It is always a great feeling to stand in a place that one has  read or heard about, or seen in books. Anton was no less thrilled and sent me dozens of photos which have been resting in the archives, until now.

The story behind the decision to share a few of these images with you, will be told at another time.  For now, let us enjoy flashes of Florence courtesy my friend Anton.
Unlike the real tour, these photos are in no particular sequence, but they are nevertheless, awesome and inviting. 

So ... let's get moving!  Muoviamoci!

The San Giovani Baptistery at Duomo Square
The Duomo of Florence - dedicated to Santa Maria del Flore; front view

The Duomo of Florence - dedicated to Santa Maria del Flore (side-view)
The Basilica of Santa Croce, one of the largest churches in Florence

Crossing the Arno River
Ponte Vecchio - the only original bridge left in Florence.  The others were bombed in World War 2

View of The Duomo from Piazzale Michelangelo, overlooking Florence (1)

View of The Duomo from Piazzale Michelangelo (2)
Close-up of The Duomo

View of the Arno River from Piazzale Michelangelo
Cypress trees in the hills of Florence

The boyhood home of Michelangelo  (many, many later!) 

Tourists wait in long lines to visit The Duomo

Florence in a flash!
Grazie, Anton!




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