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Florence - view of the cityThe first stage of our trip was the time-honoured capital of Tuscany, Florence, the history of which dates back to Roman times. We reached the historic centre passing over Ponte Vecchio, the most beautiful bridge which spans the river Arno. The well preserved, grand old town is full of attractive historic monuments and art treasures that reflect the wealth and power of the city in the middle ages and the leading economical, political and cultural position which Florence gained in the 15th century under the Medici. We enjoyed the charm of the city very much, but unfortunately our time limit allowed us to visit only a few sights in detail. We decided on the Palazzo Vecchio (1299 – 1314) and the magnificent cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore (1296-1436) and again were deeply impressed. 
 
Ponte Vecchio
The Ponte Vecchio is a lovely example of medieval bridge development. The bridge had Ponte Vecchio - one of the numerous jewellery shops on the bridgeseveral predecessors, which became, however, victims of floods. The present three- arched bridge was built in 1345. On the bridge are located numerous small houses, where mainly jewellers have established themselves. It’s a good address for lovers of elaborate golden jewellery and truly it’s difficult to resist this temptation.  In 1565 a passage above the shops was added which connects the Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti and allowed the princely family to move unseen between both palaces.
 
Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria Neptun fountain
Florence Cathedral, Babtisterium, Campanile Santa Maria del Fiore
Florence basilica Santa Croce
Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria 
Neptun fountain
Santa Maria del Fiore
cathedral complex
Basilika Santa Croce

Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio, court yard
Palazzo Vecchio, interior
Palazzo Vecchio, ceiling

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