Florence Firenze Italy
Arrived in Florence, or Firenze as it’s known to the Italians just under a week ago. Finalizing my arrangements proved to be more than I bargained for. Three days prior to my arrival i received word that my apartment ( booked 3 months ago) had been damaged due to construction and was no longer available. No alternate solutions provided. Talk about stress!!! However with the help of family and friends ( who told me not to despair–which i was) we scrambled around and i found the first of three alternate locations that I will now be staying at.
At this point i don’t know if the initial booking was a scam.. that story is still unfolding and will likely be the subject of a future blog.
Late September is like late summer in Ontario. Beautiful warm sunny days and slightly cool evenings.
I am living in an apartment in a residential area just north of the city centre…but easily walkable to all the sights. I have enclosed a couple of pictures of my new apartment. A lovely balcony, a bottle of local wine and antipasto dinner left by my hosts, awaited me. Rather welcome after my stressful departure and journey
I have been walking for most of the past week…walking walking walking and soaking up this beautiful old city.
Florence is the capital city of the Tuscan Region, in the province of Florence or Firenze. It has 370,000 inhabitants…and based on the tourists even in September, when they tell me it is not as busy, millions come to visit each year. Florence is OLD, ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982—as a result the inner city is largely a walking zone only…to drive in it one needs a special permit.
It started as a Roman city, became the centre of medieval trade, and eventually, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. The powerful Medici family, one of the most important noble Italian families who reigned in the 16th and 17th centuries, called it home . Noted for its architecture, as it was the ‘cradle of the Renaissance, the most notable site in Florence is the Duomo, the domed cathedral of the city. 600 years after it’s completion it is still one of the largest brick and mortar dome in the world.
The Arno is the river that runs through the centre of Florence and the Ponte Vecchio the most famous bridge—incredibly not destroyed during the 2nd world war. It houses shop upon shop selling gold and Italian jewelry!!!!
Over the next 2 months I hope to highlight a number of key experiences and sights…there are so many to visit and write about…hopefully this first Firenze blog gives you a bit of the flavour of what is to come.