The Rough Guides' Florence Directions 1 (Rough Guide by Jonathan Buckley

By Jonathan Buckley

Slender, trendy and pocketable, Florence instructions is stuffed with principles for stop-overs, long-weekends and flying visits to 1 of Italy"s most well liked urban holiday locations, richly illustrated with countless numbers of especially commissioned pictures. The full-colour advent gains 28 themed spreads - from the city"s frescos to the decide of the wine bars, among the finest in all of Italy. the most element of the advisor, "Places", offers a district-by-district account of the lodging, attractions, eating places, outlets, delivery hyperlinks and nightlife - all generously illustrated. each directory and assessment is pinpointed on accompanying basic maps. 

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Yet even though the magnitude of the Duomo is apparent from a distance, first sight of the cathedral and the adjacent Baptistery still comes as a jolt, their colourful patterned exteriors making a startling contrast with the dun-toned buildings around. Each of these great buildings is as remarkable inside as out, and an ascent of the cathedral’s dome will give you astounding views over the city to the hazy Tuscan hills beyond. 52 Piazza del Duomo P L A C ES The Pazzi Conspiracy The Pazzi Conspiracy had its roots in the election in 1472 of Pope Sixtus IV, who promptly made six of his nephews cardinals.

147 Ī EASTERN OLTRARNO ̆ Forte di Belvedere An alternative to Piazzale Michelangelo – without the traffic. 149 Ī EASTERN OLTRARNO ̇ Ponte Santa Trìnita For the classic take on the Ponte Vecchio, walk downstream to Ponte Santa Trìnita. 131 Ī CENTRAL OLTRARNO Contents Ideas Markets 46 Florence is not the most fertile territory for bargain-hunters, but the vast encampment of market stalls in the San Lorenzo area is the first place to go if you want to augment your wardrobe with a low-cost piece of Italian clothing.

The arrival of Andrea Pisano in Florence in 1330 offered the chance to outdo the celebrated bronze portals of arch-rival Pisa’s cathedral. Within three months the Pisan sculptor had created wax models for what would become the Baptistery’s south doors. Most of the doors’ 28 panels, installed in 1339, form a narrative on the life of St John the Baptist, patron saint of Florence and the Baptistery’s dedicatee. Some sixty years of financial and political turmoil, and the ravages of the Black Death, prevented further work until 1401.

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