It’s time to continue our one day trip in Florence. If you haven’t read the first part of the visit click here.
After visiting the Baptistery we took a left thru Piazza del Duomo, exit the square by taking it right on Via del Proconsolo and then straight ahead until we reached Museo Nationale del Bargello, then Piazza di san Firenze.
On the way we stopped to admire some beautiful silver miniatures that were displayed in a glass case.
From Piazza di San Firenze we turned right on Borgo del Greci up to Piazza della Signoria. Here is the famous Palazzo Vecchio (east) and the entrance towards Galleria degli Ufizzi (south east).
Because we were hungry and pretty tired, we stopped to eat at Ristorante – Pizzeria Il Bargello (adress: Piazza della Signoria , 4r, 50100, Firenze), situated in the south western part of the square. Here we each ate one pizza and drank “una birra grande” (a big beer) that was 11 euros. It was funny because we didn’t expected it to be so big (given the fact that usually a big bear in Italy is usualy 0,33 l.
After having our lunch, we visited Palazzo Vecchio. To visit Museo di Palazzo Vecchio we paid 10 euros/ person.
When we got out of the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio we were surprised by the crowd of people who filled up Piazza della Signoria. We immediately turned left and entered the interior courtyard of Palazzo Uffizi. Palazzo Uffizi hosts the prestigious Uffizi Gallery. At the time we didn’t knew that in order to visit the gallery you a have to wait in a huge line. Therefore we decided to leave the visit of the Uffizi Gallery for the next time we will visit Florence. We passed across the interior courtyard of the Uffizi Palace admiring the multitude of artists placed along the sides of the small alley. Some of them were drawing portraits, landscapes or the view around them, others were beautifully singing at violins, offering the visitors mini live concerts.
We got out of the court passing beneath an arch that lead in Lungarno Medici, the street that goes along the river Arno. We traversed Lungarno Medici making our way thru the crowd. When looking to our right, we saw for the first time in our life the famous Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) and the corridors of arches (portice) that lead to the bridge. We would have walked thru the corridors if it wasn’t so crowded by tourists. Instead we walked along the corridor on Lungarno Archibusieri.
At the crossroad of Lugarno Archibusieri with Por S. Maria street we went left and entered Ponte Vecchio. I don’t know if I can describe in my words how amazing the bridge is; I would either not have enough words to do it or I wouldn’t know were to start, but I’m sure that however I’d describe it I would still forget something. I just think that this is one of the most amazing bridges that I’ve ever been on and the pictures just speak for themselves.
From my point of view, Ponte Vecchio looks like a short street, very crowded, along which, on both sides, are aligned (luxury) shops where are sold jewels, watches or other very expensive things. In the middle of the bridge there is a small square from where the pedestrians can look along the river Arno. Looking over the bridge on our right we could see St. Trinity Bridge and on our left Ponte alle Grazie and the corridor of arches.
From Ponte Vecchio we got out on Via de Guicciardini and we walked along it untill we reached Piazza dei Pitti, having on our left side Palazzo Pitti.
Because we were fagged of so much walking we stopped and rested a little (about 30 minutes), on the ground, in the square, in front of the palace, taking advantage of the sunny weather. When we felt rested enough we went to the ticket office in order to visit Palazzo Pitti only to find out that there were just 20 more minutes until closing time and a visiting tour takes about an hour. Hence we decided to postpone our visit to Palazzo Pitti for our next visit to Florence.
Those being said/done, the visiting of the Florentine sightseeing that we wanted to see was approaching to its end. Because we still had enough time until we had to get back to the train station in order to get back to Bologna, we started walking around the streets of Florence.
We re-crossed Ponte Vecchio and walking on the narrow streets we got to Piazza della Signoria. There, we ate some delicious gelatto (ice cream). After that we continued our dalliance until we reached Piazza della Repubblica.
From Piazza della Repubblica we went on Via degli Strozzi until we reached Palazzo Strozzi. We walked thru the palace court and got out on Via de’Torna Buoni. Then we took a left and walked in Ponte S. Trinita, crossing Piazza S. Trinita. From Ponte S. Trinita, on our left, we could see very well Ponte Vecchio and on our right Ponte della Caraia.
We returned from the bridge on Lungarno Acciainoli, then took a left on a narrow street and entered Piazza del Limbo. After that we returned to the train station and came back to Bologna.
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