A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 10 – Florence 6

September 20, 2018 at 16:10

The last afternoon in Florence for this trip. We continue where the last Blog Post ended and keep walking over the bridge to look a bit on the other side of the river.

At the end of Piazzale degli Uffizi
At the end of Piazzale degli Uffizi

Benvenuto Cellini's bust
Florentine sculptor and master goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini. It stands on top of a fountain at the famous Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Santa Trinita
Ponte Santa Trinita

Nice details
Nice details

At the Borgo San Iacopo
At the Borgo San Iacopo

Door Bells
Door Bells

Lots of angels round that guy
Lots of angels round that guy

Street Art
Street Art

More Street Art
More Street Art

More lions - big ones!
More lions – big ones!

Over here not too much activity
Over here not too much activity

Enjoy your sports
Enjoy your sports

Ponte Santa Trinita
Ponte Santa Trinita

Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello

The church was build – like many others – on the site of an older church. Construction started in 1680. The dome and bell tower was added in 1689.

Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello
Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello

Maria in the Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello
Maria in the Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello

Inside the Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello
Inside the Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello

The dome of the Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello
The dome of the Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello

Another one
Another one

Quite impressive
Quite impressive

The main dome
The main dome

With the bird all the way up
With the bird all the way up

The blue Maria
The blue Maria

Why do they BBQ this guy?
Why do they BBQ this guy?

You know who she loves!
You know who she loves!

Basilica di Santa Maria del Santo Spirito at the Piazza Santo Spirito
Basilica di Santa Maria del Santo Spirito at the Piazza Santo Spirito

Tower of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Santo Spirito
Tower of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Santo Spirito

Street Art
Street Art

More Street Art
More Street Art

Even more Street Art
Even more Street Art

She can dive!
She can dive!

And he loves her!
And he loves her!

Time to enjoy the Sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo

The Gate of Saint Nicholas
The Gate of Saint Nicholas that we passed today on the way up

He still wonders
He still wonders

View from the Piazzale Michelangelo
View from the Piazzale Michelangelo

The second day our sundowner was a Birra MorettiThe second day our sundowner was a Birra Moretti

View from the Piazzale Michelangelo

Loook at the view
Loook at the view

View from the Piazzale Michelangelo

View from the Piazzale Michelangelo

View from the Piazzale Michelangelo

One night in Austria

View from the breakfast room
View from the breakfast room

On the way back we stayed at Weberhof in Trins. Nice room with a table and chairs and a great view.

View from the hotel in Trins in the morning
View from the hotel in Trins in the morning

Snow mountains - The Alps!
Snow mountains – The Alps!

Location Location Location - Sun in the morning or evening?
Location Location Location – Sun in the morning or evening?

This guy is not a happy camper
This guy is not a happy camper

Nice mountains
Nice mountains

Abandoned house
Abandoned house

More of those
More of those

And more
And more

On the way out of Trins - looking back
On the way out of Trins – looking back

Castle Fernstein
Castle Fernstein

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A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 9 – Florence 5

September 14, 2018 at 13:45

Let’s continue the walk where we stopped it in Part 8 of the Fall 2017 trip to Florence. We continue to walk the small streets and take a look over the river as well. Follow me, please 🙂

The SS. Annunziata di Firenze at the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata
The Basilica della Santissima Annunziata (or Basilica of the Most Holy Annunciation) at the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata

The door of the SS. Annunziata di Firenze
The door of the Basilica

Detail above the door
Detail above the door

Looking down Via dei Servi
Looking down Via dei Servi

Ferdinando I
Ferdinando I

Ospedale degli Innocenti

The Hospital of the Innocents was originally a children’s orphanage. It was built and managed by the “Arte della Seta” or the Silk Guild of Florence.

Detail from the Ospedale degli Innocenti

Detail from the Ospedale degli Innocentii

Detail from the Istituto degli Innocenti

Detail from the Istituto degli Innocenti
The vault of the poccetti

Detail from the Istituto degli Innocenti
Detail from the Istituto degli Innocenti

Back to the street again

At the wall of the Dratorio di San Pierino
At the wall of the Dratorio di San Pierino

A bar at #8 Via Gino Capponi
A bar at #8 Via Gino Capponi

Palazzo Capponi at 26 Via Gino Capponi
Palazzo Capponi at 26 Via Gino Capponi

Another one of those gates: 32 Via Gino Capponi
Another one of those gates: 32 Via Gino Capponi

More Street Art
More Street Art

Tower of the Tempio Chiesa Valdese or the Holy Trinity Church
Tower of the Tempio Chiesa Valdese or the Holy Trinity Church

There you go! Breastfeeding in public! And nipples! Why are Americans so prude :-(
There you go! Breastfeeding in public! And nipples! Why are Americans so prude 🙁

Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella

Detail above the door
Detail above the door

The most famous bridge in town: Ponte Vecchio
The most famous bridge in town: Ponte Vecchio

And the not famous at all Ponte Alla Carraia
And the not famous at all Ponte Alla Carraia

An artists sitting on St Trinity Bridge and her piece of the Ponte Vecchio
An artists sitting on St Trinity Bridge and her piece of the Ponte Vecchio.

Street Art
Street Art

On the Ponte Vecchio
On the Ponte Vecchio

Detail from a house at 18 Via Calimala
Detail from a house at 18 Via Calimala

Street Art?
Street Art?

At the Casa dei Cavallereschi
At the Casa dei Cavallereschi

At the Casa dei Cavallereschi
At the Casa dei Cavallereschi

Church and Museum of Orsanmichele

If you wonder about the name – you are right. It is rather long for a church but it is three words in one. The building is first documented in 895 as an oratory in the San Michele monastery. It was surrounded by a vegetable garden a place that the Italians call Orto.
So over the years the place was named Or-San-Michele. The original building was demolished in 1290 and a loggia was built there. It was used to sell grain but soon it became a place of devotion. Even miracles happened here at an image of the Virgin that was painted on a pillar – at last, that is what was said. A fire and a new building later the image of the Virgin was replaced by another image. This time Bernardo Daddi painted the Madonna and Child in 1346. More miracles later the place could no longer be a market and trade building. All the guilds had some tabernacles commissioned that were placed around the building in the wall.

Detail at the Church and Museum of Orsanmichele
Arte dei Maniscalchi (Guild of Blacksmiths) Saint Eligius by Nanni di Banco from 1420

Detail at the Church and Museum of Orsanmichele
Confirmed by what is under his feet – working hard

Inside the Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele
Tabernacle by Andrea Orcagna from 1359. Now you know why he was one of the best! Some say this is THE jewel of Gothic art in Florence.

Maria with Jesus
Madonna by Bernardo Daddi from 1346

Inside the Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele

Inside the Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele

Inside the Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele

Inside the Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele

Inside the Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele

Inside the Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele

Inside the Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele

Inside the Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele

Inside the Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele
The glass in the back shows the Miracle of the sinful abbess, the drowned sacristan and the Last communion with a dying woman. I know it is a bit far…. SORRY!

Società Dantesca Italiana

Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele
Arte dei Cambiatori e Banchieri (Guild of the Money Changers and Lenders) Saint Matthew by Lorenzo Ghiberti from 1423

Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele
Arte dei Beccai (Guild of Butchers) Saint Peter from 1413 by Donatello

Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele
Arte dei Calzaiuoli (Guild of Shoemakers) Saint Philip by Nanni di Banco 1410-1412

Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele
Arte dei Maestri di Pietra e di Legname (Guild of Stone and Wood Masters) The Four Crowned Saints group by Nanni di Banco 1414-1417

Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele
And this is the wood and stone workshop

Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele
Arte dei Corazzai e Spadai (Guild of Armourers and Swordmakers) Saint George by Donatello 1417

Detail
Still busy killing the last dragons

Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele
Arte di Mercanzia (Guild of Merchants Court) Christ and Doubting Thomas by Verrocchio from 1465/66

Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele
Andrea Orgagna a painter, sculptor, and architect – the guy that made the tabernacle inside – remember?

Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele
St. Antonio – rather sad 🙁

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

September 12, 2018 at 14:48

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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