Back to the Future in Firenze

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Statue of Perseus,( Benvenuto Cellini) /Piazza della Signoria, Firenze

The city of Florence has had an enormous impact on my life. Its remarkable history captivated me in my younger years, a passion that still grips my soul. I have stayed in or near Florence many times since 1985 but have not visited her since 2011. I long to return to this great city in the near future.

floence 10Florence, for many, is the essence of Italy, the starting point before branching out to smaller towns or less visited regions. The centre of Renaissance humanism, poetry, art, architecture, and manners, Florence’s past has affected the Italian way of life, its view of itself, as well as the future of art and history.

Despite the crowds, a visit to Il Duomo ( Il cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) is a must. I often experience a peculiar Stendhalsimo or Florence disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, light heartedness and confusion when wandering about this cathedral. In the 1980s, busy traffic roared around the road surrounding Il Duomo. Things had changed dramatically by 2000. This remarkable building is often in restauro, maintaining its glory for the future.

Mischa Bella as Lisa Gherardini
Mischa Bella as Lisa Gherardini

Mischa Bella or Lisa Gherardini, waits for me on the Ponte Vecchio. The past coincides with the future often in my experience.

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Gold shop with remarkable view. Ponte Vecchio, Firenze

A gold boutique on Ponte Vecchio, the view through the window blinds me, the gaudy gems eclipsed by the light and shapes that inspired Renaissance artists.

For lovers of Florence.

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge is Future and I opportunistically share with you some pictures of my Florentine past, in the hope that I may return there soon.

Off- Centre on Ponte Vecchio, Firenze

The young woman on the left bears some resemblance to La Gioconda, Leonardo Da Vinci’s portrait of the Mona Lisa. She smiles enigmatically while those under the arched portico of the Ponte Vecchio go about their evening business. Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Off -Centre. All my photos tend to be taken in this way, but this one is my favourite.

Travel theme: Arches of Firenze

Wandering around the Piazza della Signoria, Florence, the arches are not the star attraction.  Both Davide and his dark friend Perseus look out onto the arches of this wonderful piazza or stand under them. We look at these beautiful sculptures of young men and admire their physicality, not the arches.

Copy of Michelangelo's Davide, Firenze, surveys a few arches.
Copy of Michelangelo’s Davide, Firenze, surveys a few arches.
Perseus with the Head of Medusa, Cellini.
Underneath the Arches: Perseus with the Head of Medusa, Cellini.

While the lads look onto the arches and contemplate their great feats, Neptune only has eyes for Perseus- he is plainly sick of staring at arches!

Neptune is not interested in arches.
Neptune – not interested in arches!

Thanks Ailsa from Where’s My Backpack, for an excuse to travel to Italy today.

Travel Theme: Inviting

Along the River Arno, Florence, Italy, there are many inviting spots away from the tourist crowd.

Il fiume d'Arno
Il fiume d’Arno

The gold shops of the Ponte Vecchio are inviting. I’m just looking, thankyou! Sto solo dando un’occhiata. But I suspect the shop assistants already know this!

I negozi d'oro lungo ponte vecchio, Firenze
I negozi d’oro lungo ponte vecchio, Firenze

Grazie Ailsa for the chance to find inviting things in Florence this week.