The first of 3 photosets from a conference visit to Florence in early July.  This set has an approximate “secular” theme…

PalazzoVecchioPiazza

Statue of Cosimo I de’ Medici in the Piazza della Segnoria [43 46 10 N, 11 15 19 E].

PiazzaStatues

Statues in the Piazza della Segnoria.

PalazzoVecchio PalazzoVecchioEntrance

The Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace).  The statue to the left of the entrance is a replica of the Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of David (the original is now in the Accademia Gallery).

PalazzoVecchioInterior

Interior of the Palazzo Vecchio.

PalazzoStrozzi

Interior view of the Palazzo Strozzi.

BargelloCourtyard

Courtyard of the Bargello – less famous the than Uffizi, but having a sizeable collection of sculpture, including Donatello’s strikingly camp David.

BargelloLamp

A rather ornate lamp holder in the Bargello!

CosimoMedici

Bust of Cosimo de’ Medici, the youthful good looks belying a ruthless political operator.

StPaulCannon

Why decorate a cannon with a representation of St. Paul?

PonteEvening

View of the Ponte Santa Trinita in the evening [43 46 11 N, 11 15 3 E].

SantaMariaNovellaPharmacy

The extraordinary Santa Maria Novella perfumery – partly museum, partly shop – tucked away out of sight and the heat of the streets.

Florence I

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