We think you deserve a quick break! So we’re sharing 20 of our most beautiful pictures of Florence, Italy. Plus for a little more fun, you’ll also find facts about the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance including the Florence Cathedral, and the Arno River.
Although the pictures of Florence seen here were taken on a cold February afternoon, you’d never know it! I remember it clearly because I was tilting my face up to the warmth of the sun in front of the Cathedral of Florence when Paolo said “Il sole bacia i belli” or in English “the sun kisses the beautiful.” Although I’d never heard the phrase before, I understand just enough Italian to make a joke. So I opened my eyes and pointed to the Florence Cathedral bathed in sunlight and said “sure does!”
Beautiful Pictures of Florence Italy
Click on any picture to take a closer look! All photos by ALOR Italy Head Photographer Paolo Ferraris from our trip to Florence, Italy.
Florence Cathedral Pictures
Florence is the Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance but the Florence Cathedral dome predates this illustrious period. In fact, in 1418 Filippo Brunelleschi came up with his own unique and many say brilliant methods to construct the dome of the Florence Cathedral. A grand feat because he had no formal architectural training and this was to be the largest dome ever built!
Curious to know more about what makes this one-of-a-kind dome so mysterious and special? Check out the video below for the full story!
Video of the construction of the dome of the Florence Cathedral
Remarkably this eight-sided, off-centered dome stands 375.7 feet tall yet has no central support system! It also just so happens to be sitting atop one of Italy’s most ravishing Gothic-style cathedrals.
Picture of Florence Italy Summer Statue
In our picture of Florence, Italy photo gallery you’ll find a beautiful photo of the Summer statue. Florentine sculptor Giovanni Caccini created both the Summer and the Autumn statues that were part of the four statues of the seasons added to Ponte Santa Trìnita (Holy Trinity Bridge) in 1608.
Fun fact! The illusion of forward movement in statues is typical of sculptures of the Medici era. Something Caccini knew well because he did restorations for the Medici family between 1583 and 1590. This statue might feel familiar to my friends back at home in New York City because it’s also evident in Temperance, one of Caccini’s other works on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Pictures of Florence Italy Street Lights
Another fun fact about Florence. It is one of the last cities left in Italy to turn street lights on manually. While that sounds a bit antiquated when it comes to all 47,000 street lights in Florence, it’s actually just the opposite because local officials balance starlight and LEDs manually!
Hence Florence always feels magical at night because there is a careful planning balance between light pollution and safety.
To achieve balance, they use 42 different types of LED lights in Florence!
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