A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 8 – Florence 4

I start this Blog Post with the end of a day which is different from usually. But it does not matter too much. So here are two lions looking at each other. Which one would you use to “ring the bell”?

They do look at each other

Above the entrance of the Opera Museum
Above the entrance of the Opera Museum

Piazzale Michelangelo

If you ever get to Florence you have to get up to Piazzale Michelangelo at last once for the sunset. The view is amazing – it is THE place to let the eye wander and see all the towers of that amazing city.

Michelangelo is still wondering why so many people come up here
Michelangelo is still wondering why so many people come up here

View over the city from the Piazzale Michelangelo
View over the city from the Piazzale Michelangelo

View from the Piazzale Michelangelo

View from the Piazzale Michelangelo

View from the Piazzale Michelangelo

Sundowner of the day: Nastro Azzurro
Sundowner of the day: Nastro Azzurro

The Gate of Saint Nicholas
The Gate of Saint Nicholas. Only a few steps from here we waited for our bus to get us back to our bungalow. Over there: a welcome home beer, some salad, and red wine.

The next Day

Fresh food coming
Fresh food coming

Tempio Maggiore Israelitico
Tempio Maggiore Israelitico or The Great Synagogue of Florence. Construction started in 1874 and lasted till 1882.

At the Via della Colonna
At the Via della Colonna

The old pharmacy
The old pharmacy

Some got a monkey on the back - they have one above the door
Some got a monkey on the back – they have one above the door

Basilica di San Marco

The church was built on a place that was a monastery since the twelfth century. Construction began in 1437 and it took 6 years before it was consecrated on the night of the epiphany in 1443. The bell tower was built in 1512. Over the years they build some side chapels and in 1679 the carved grandstand and ceiling. In 1712 the dome was raised. The façade was build in 1777. You see – such a church is almost never finished. But now they only renovate.

Unfortunate they placed a bus stop in front of it
Unfortunate they placed a bus stop in front of it. And the square in front of it is full of tourists and locals alike. But as soon as you enter the church all the hustle and noise of the outside world stops as soon as the large wood door closes.

Basilica di San Marco

Basilica di San Marco

Look! He has a dog!
Look! He has a dog!

Basilica di San Marco
Presbytery and high altar in the back

Ceiling of the Basilica di San Marco
A canvas was added to the center of the ceiling in 1725. The Assumption of the Virgin from Giovanni Antonio Pucci.

The Assumption of the Virgin - Basilica di San Marco
The Assumption of the Virgin

Ceiling of the Basilica di San Marco
They needed a lot of extra wood work to support the heavy ceiling. But look at the frame!

Presbytery and high altar
Presbytery and high altar

OK - this one is sitting and not on the cross - nice for a change
OK – this one is sitting and not on the cross – nice for a change

Baby Jesus
The “Presepe” composed with an interesting mix of pieces. The Christ child is from Donatello’s workshop while the Virgin Mary, Joseph, and other pieces are by Giovanni della Robbia. The figures are almost life-sized which makes them an interesting addition to the other art in this church.

Lets move on

Cross at the corner of the Piazza Santa Maria Novella
Cross at the corner of the Piazza Santa Maria Novella

Street Art
Street Art

All you need is LOVE
All you need is LOVE

Nice Lion
Nice Lion

Santi Michele e Gaetano

Santi Michele e Gaetano or the Church of Saints Michael and Gaetano is located at the Piazza Antinori and is dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel. The locals usually call it only San Gaetano and it is one of the most important examples of the Baroque style in the city. The original church dates back at least to the eleventh century. The first time it was mentioned was in 1055 when it belonged to the Abbey of Nonantola.
Construction of the new church started in 1604. The choir was completed in 1633, the nave and side chapels in 1649. The building was finished in 1701.

Santi Michele e Gaetano
The glimpse with the statue of San Gaetano by Balthasar Permoser on the left and a statue of Sant’Andrea Avellino by Anton Francesco Andreozzi on the right

Santi Michele e Gaetano
Speranza and Poverta next to the Coat of arms of the Theatines by Balthasar Permoser

Inside the Santi Michele e Gaetano
High altar in the back of the church. In the upper part of the nave is one of the most important sculptural cycles of the seventeenth-century in Florence. A series of marble statues of Apostles and Evangelists. Below each statue there are one or two reliefs depicting episodes of their life. On the left you can see Saint Peter and San Giuda Taddeo. On the right St. Paul and St. Thomas.

Inside the Santi Michele e Gaetano

Inside the Santi Michele e Gaetano

Altar inside the Santi Michele e Gaetano
The high altar from Silvani Pierfrancesco was consecrated on 29 August 1649. On the sides of the altar you can see the coats of arms of Cardinal Domenico Maria Corsi and the Marquis Giovanni Corsi

Painting at the ceiling of the Santi Michele e Gaetano
Lots of flying angels carry the cross

Painting at the ceiling of the Santi Michele e Gaetano
Looks like they enjoy this game! Chapel of Saint Helena or of the Holy Cross. The chapel is the work of the architect Malvisti from 1644. It is considered by some to be his masterpiece.

Nice frame!
Nice frame!

Not sure who these guys are

Lots of paintings in this church as well
Saints adoring the Trinity and the Madonna by Matteo Rosselli

Looks like the ceiling needs some work
God the Father in the fastigium of the chapel of the Nativity

Hello Jesus!
Hello Jesus! Nativity of Christ by Matteo Rosselli in the Chapel of the Nativity

More renovation needed
More renovation needed

Hello baby
Hello baby!

Sometimes you will have a hard time to see what is on the pictures because of the terrible reflection
Sometimes you will have a hard time to see what is on the pictures because of the terrible reflection

Details details details

The organ
The organ

Nice mix of paintings and stone work
Apparition of the Sacred Heart to Santa Margherita Maria Alacoque in the Mazzei Chapel

Maria again
Maria again

Back to the streets of Florence

Let’s get out and see some more

At Via dei Martelli
At Via dei Martelli

Shoeshop at the Via dei Gori
Shoeshop at the Via dei Gori

Monumento a Giovanni delle Bande Nere
Monumento a Giovanni delle Bande Nere

Art at the Borgo la Noce
Art at the Borgo la Noce

Old Bar at the Piazza del Mercato Centrale
Old Bar at the Piazza del Mercato Centrale

Mercato Centrale

Inside the Mercato Centrale
Inside the Mercato Centrale

Red Meat at the Mercato Centrale

Vegetables at the Mercato Centrale in Florence
Vegetables at the Mercato Centrale in Florence

Meat at the Mercato Centrale in Florence
Meat at the Mercato Centrale in Florence

Roasted chicken at the Mercato Centrale in Florence
Roasted chicken

Butcher shop at the Mercato Centrale in Florence

Back to the streets again

Cooking school at the Piazza del Mercato Centrale
Cooking school at the Piazza del Mercato Centrale

You still find some quiet streets even in the center of the city
You still find some quiet streets even in the center of the city

Some Street Art
Some Street Art

Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Coat of arms of the Medici
Coat of arms of the Medici

The Palazzo Medici is also called the Palazzo Medici Riccardi after the later family that acquired and expanded it. It is the seat of the Metropolitan City of Florence and also a museum. The palace was designed by Michelozzo di Bartolomeo for Cosimo de’ Medici. He was the head of the Medici banking family. Construction started in 1444 and was finished in 1484.

Giardino Di Palazzo Medici Riccardi
Giardino Di Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Giardino Di Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Detail above the door at the Giardino Di Palazzo Medici Riccardi
Detail above the door at the Giardino Di Palazzo Medici Riccardi

At the Palazzo Medici Riccardi

At the Palazzo Medici Riccardi

At the Palazzo Medici Riccardi

At the Palazzo Medici Riccardi
Orpheus statue by Baccio Bandinelli,

At the Palazzo Medici Riccardi
Must have been his favourite dog?

View from 17 Via del Ginori
View from 17 Via del Ginori

Nobody know how many treasures are hidden behind the front doors
Nobody know how many treasures are hidden behind the front doors

Generale Manfredo Fanti at the Piazza San Marco
Generale Manfredo Fanti at the Piazza San Marco

Detail of the Generale Manfredo Fanti statue
Detail of the Generale Manfredo Fanti statue

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A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 7 – Florence 3

What would Florence be without the Florence Cathedral? A whole lot less. This blog post features the Cathedral, the Baptistery, and the Campanile or Bell Tower.

Colonna di San Zanobi

Colonna di San Zanobi
Colonna di San Zanobi
In the 9th century the remains of San Zenobi were being transferred from the church of San Lorenzo to the then Cathedral of Santa Reparata. At the time San Lorenzo was outside the city walls and the Hungarians invading the country. While moving them in Winter they brushed against an Elm tree and it started to grow leaves. Nice story eh? So the column marks the spot where the tree was and has a metal tree image as well.

The cross above a crown of fire - and a dove
The cross above a crown of fire – and a dove

Pink Boy above an entrance next to the Colonna di S. Zanobi
Pink Boy above an entrance to the Opera of San Giovanni next to the Colonna di S. Zanobi

The Baptistery

Battistero di San Giovanni
Battistero di San Giovanni and the Bell Tower in front of the Cathedral

It is also called Baptistry of Saint John. It is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city. Construction started in 1059 and it took 68 years to complete it.

Above the South Door
Above the South Door

Detail of the South Door: He preaches to the Pharisees. He announces Christ. Baptism of his disciples. Baptism of Jesus.
Detail of the South Door: He preaches to the Pharisees. He announces Christ. Baptism of his disciples. Baptism of Jesus.

Porta del Paradiso with Abraham and Isaac at the lower right
Porta del Paradiso – The Gates of Paradise

Above the East Gate

More Baptism going on

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Or the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower or simply the Duomo di Firenze – the Florence Cathedral. Construction has begun in 1296 and it was structurally completed with the dome in 1436. Like most churches inside of old cities, it was built at the site of an older church. The oldest one on this site dates back all the way to 393! The (still) largest masonry dome in the world dominates all the pictures of Florence from above. It was constructed with 37.000 tons of material and over 4 million bricks alone. There is nothing left from the original façade. The Grand Duke Francesco I de’ Medici ordered its dismantling in 1587. The competition for a new one turned into a big corruption scandal and the church was left bare till 1876 when they started work on the façade you see now. It is made of green, white and red marble in a neo-gothic style. Together with the Baptistery and Giotto’s bell tower, it forms quite a harmonious entity.

Above the left entrance of the Florence Cathedral
Above the left entrance. The mosaic was made in Venice in 1886 after drawings by Nicolò Barabino. It shows the “Charity among the founders of Florentine philanthropic institutions”. On the left the Statues of cardinal Valeriani and on the right the bishop Agostino Tinacci

Further up more guys - the twelve Apostles
Further up more guys – the twelve Apostles

The pediment above the central portal contains a half-relief by Tito Sarrocchi of Mary enthroned holding a flowered scepter. And six more Apostels
The pediment above the central portal contains a half-relief by Tito Sarrocchi of Mary enthroned holding a flowered scepter. And six more Apostels

Giotto's Campanile or Bell Tower on the right
Giotto's Campanile or Bell Tower on the right- The tower is square in plan with 14.45 metre (47.41 ft) wide sides. It is 84.7 metres (277.9 ft) tall and has polygonal buttresses at each corner

Campanile

So many details at the Florence Cathedral
So many details

More details

Above the right portal
Above the right portal

The clock tower on the right

Above the right portal

No - I mean it - NO!
No – I mean it – NO!

Ohhhhhhhh! Why not???
Ohhhhhhhh! Why not???

Quiet up there!
Quiet up there!

All this fighting - All the time :-(
All this fighting – All the time 🙁

Let’s go inside the Florence Cathedral

The counter-façade with the Coronation of the Virgin by Gaddo Gaddi inside the Florence Cathedral
The counter-façade with the Coronation of the Virgin by Gaddo Gaddi

Joshua
Joshua

Arnolfo di Cambio - the architect
Arnolfo di Cambio – the architect

Ora Pro Animis - Pray for Souls!
Ora Pro Animis – Pray for Souls!

He got the swinging moves!
He got the swinging moves!

On the left a bust of Giotto at work and on the ride a bust of Brunelleschi
On the left a bust of Giotto at work and on the ride a bust of Brunelleschi

Saint Zenobius seated with his deacons St. Crescentius and St. Eugenius kneeling at the sides
Saint Zenobius seated with his deacons St. Crescentius and St. Eugenius kneeling at the sides

Equestrian Monument of Niccolò da Tolentino
Equestrian Monument of Niccolò da Tolentino

Equestrian monument of John Hawkwood (Giovanni Acuto) by Paolo Uccello
Equestrian monument of John Hawkwood (Giovanni Acuto) by Paolo Uccello

King David
King David

This window is from 1395
This window is from 1395

Another window

Domenico di Michelino's Dante and the Divine Comedy
Domenico di Michelino's Dante and the Divine Comedy

The famous dome - took 16 years to build it alone. The painting is 4000 square meter big!
The famous dome – took 16 years to build it alone. The painting is over 4000 square metres big!

Brunelleschi's dome with a fresco of the Last Judgement by Vasari
Brunelleschi's dome with a fresco of the Last Judgement by Vasari

The Vegliardi of the Apocalypse by Giorgio Vasari
The Vegliardi of the Apocalypse by Giorgio Vasari

The Last Judgement on the left - Hell down right
The Last Judgement on the left – Hell down right

The altar with the Cruzifix from Benedetto da Maiano
The altar with the Cruzifix from Benedetto da Maiano

S. Giacomo Minore on the left
S. Giacomo Minore on the left

San Giacomo Maggiore
San Giacomo Maggiore

Isaiah by Bernardo Ciuffagni
Isaiah by Bernardo Ciuffagni

One of the many paintings
One of the many paintings

This is a big church

He cleans wax all day long
He cleans wax all day long

The work never stops
The work never stops

The Bell Tower door
The Bell Tower door

Porta dei Canonici
Porta dei Canonici

Porta dei Canonici

Some construction

The Cathedrale in Florenz

Arnolfo di Cambio - There he sits and looks at his creation
Arnolfo di Cambio – There he sits and looks at his creation

You will see so many details on this church
You will see so many details on this church

Truly amazing

Annunciation by David Ghirlandaio, lunette of the door of the Almond
Annunciation by David Ghirlandaio, lunette of the door of the Almond

Madonna della Cintola by Nanni di Banco, tympanum of the door of the Almond
Madonna della Cintola by Nanni di Banco, tympanum of the door of the Almond

Of course, every door is decorated different
Porta di Balla – Of course, every door is decorated different

The door of the Canons
The door on the north side of the building

Snap snap

The last one for this trip
The last one for for this Blog Post

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A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 6 – Florence 2

Lets keep walking and see what we find!
Detail above the door of the Complesso di San Firenze
Detail above the door of the Complesso di San Firenze

Badia Fiorentina
Badia Fiorentina
There was an older church called Santo Stefano on this place. In 960 it was sold to Willa di Toscana, mother of the Marquis Ugo. She build the Benedictine abbey called Badia Fiorentina around it. When Ugo became the Marquis of Tuscany he increased the donations.

Badia Fiorentina

Another altar

Giorgio Vasari, Assumption and saints
Giorgio Vasari, Assumption and saints

The pipe organ was built in 1558 by Onofrio Zeffirini
The pipe organ was built in 1558 by Onofrio Zeffirini

Tomb of Bernardo Giugni by Mino da Fiesole
Tomb of Bernardo Giugni by Mino da Fiesole

Apparition of the Virgin to Saint Bernard from Filippino Lippi
Apparition of the Virgin to Saint Bernard from Filippino Lippi. The painting was transferred from the church of Santa Maria del Santo Sepolcro, in the monastery of Campora, to Badia in 1530 to save it from the siege of Florence. An interesting detail is the depiction of a demon covered with fur and with threatening fangs hidden in the rock beneath the saint, who is depicted in ecstasy for the Marian vision.

The demon covered with fur
The demon covered with fur

The baptismal fonts
The baptismal fonts

At the Via del Proconsolo
At the Via del Proconsolo

Via del Corso
Via del Corso

You will find some art everywhere
You will find some art everywhere

The Florence Cathedral
The Florence Cathedral at the end of the small road

Chiesa di Santa Margherita in Santa Maria de' Ricci
Chiesa di Santa Margherita in Santa Maria de' Ricci

Almost like some Russian paintings and quite different from the others
Almost like some Russian paintings and quite different from the others

The image of the Madonna
The image of the Madonna behind at the altar. It was once outside on the wall of the church of Santa Maria degli Alberighi. On July 21st, 1501 a drunk and angry Antonio Giuseppe Rinaldeschi passed it after losing money playing dice. He collected some dung from the ground and threw it against the figure of the Virgin. Some reported him and he was later hanging from a window of the Bargello as a warning for others. Today the original is replaced by a copy and the original is here on the main altar that was built specifically to repair the offense.

Nice painting in the dome

The vault of the apse is frescoed by Lorenzo del Moro with the Assumption of the Virgin
The vault of the apse is frescoed by Lorenzo del Moro with the Assumption of the Virgin

The window is a copy of the painting of the Madonna from the main altar
The window is a copy of the painting of the Madonna from the main altar

Another big painting

This one is different - also notice the Polish pope
This one is different – also notice the Polish pope

Not so much gold in this church
Not so much gold in this church

Maria with the child
Maria with the child

Chiesa di Santa Margherita in Santa Maria de' Ricci
Chiesa di Santa Margherita in Santa Maria de' Ricci

The pipe organ is from 1989 and was later expanded
The pipe organ is from 1989 and was later expanded

Piazza della Repubblica
Piazza della Repubblica

The ancient centre of the city / restored from age-old squalor / to new life
The ancient centre of the city / restored from age-old squalor / to new life

So nice!

Everywhere you look - there will be a church
Everywhere you look – there will be a church

The Savoy
The Savoy

House on the Piazza
House at the Piazza del Duomo

House at the Piazza del Duomo

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