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Florence, Italy

Perseus

Low angle view of the bronze statue of Perseus' back by Benvenuto Cellini, 1545-1554; Palazzo Vecchio, Town Hall of Florence, Seat of the City Council and also museum, started in 1299, in the background; view from Loggia della Signoria, Piazza della Signoria.

Basilica of Santa Croce

Neo gothic marble facade of the Basilica of the Holy Cross, 1857-1863, by Nicolas Matas

Santa Maria del Fiore

Panoramic view of the Cathedral with both landmarks Bell Tower (Campanile) and Dome (Duomo); The Bell tower (1334-1359) was started by Giotto 3 years before his death and completed by Francesco Talenti; The Dome (1436) was concieved by Filippo Brunelleschi and is the first octogonal Dome in history to be built without wooden supporting

Ponte Vecchio

View from the right bank of the Arno's river; medieval bridge (1345) designed by Tadeo Gaddi, still having shops built along it, consists of 3 segmental arches: span of 30 meters for the main arch, 27 meters for the two side arches

Ponte Vecchio

View from Ponte S.Trinita; above the arches Vassary corridor, built by Giorgio Vassary in 1565 for Cossimo I di Medici in order to connect the Palazzo Vecchio (Florence's Town Hall) with the Palazzo Pitti

Marzocco

Head detail of the marble statue of lion, heraldic symbol of Florence, sculpted by Flaminio Vacca in 1598, Loggia dei Lanzi or Loggia della Signoria.

The Cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore)

1296 - 1496, facade incomplete until 19th century; vertical and horizontal bands of polychrome marble from Carrara (white), Prato (green), Siena (red), Lavenza and few other places on the exterior walls.

Duomo

View of the cupola, with eight radiating buttresses and eight high arched windows, conceived by Filippo Brunelleschi and completed by Verrochio in 1461, conical roof crowned with a gilt copper ball and cross containing holly relics.

Ponte Vecchio

View of the medieval bridge (1345) at sunset.

Hercules and Cacus

White marble sculpture by Baccio Bandinelli, 1525-1534, Piazza della Signoria.

Torre d'Arnolfo

Low angle view of the rectangular Tower d'Arnolfo (94 meters high) with 2 small cells, that imprisoned Cossimo de' Medici in 1435 and Girolamo Savonarola in 1498, Palazzo Vecchio

Persus holding the medusa

Half length of the bronze statue sculpted by Benvenutto Cellini from 1545 to 1554; commissioned by Cosimo I di Medici (1519-1574), Loggia dei Lanzi or Loggia della Signoria.

Leonardo da Vinci

1452 - 1519, Uffizi Palace (Palazzo degli Uffizi)

Niccola Pisano

Circa 1220 - 1284, Italian sculptor, considered to be the founder of modern sculpture, Uffizi Palace (Palazzo degli Uffizi)

Giotto's Campanile

Low angle view of the Bell Tower, 1334-1359, about 85 meters high and 15 meters wide, covered with white, red and green marbles, Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore

City of Renaissance which gave to birth many of the men who have more profoundly influenced the course of human history in every field of knowledge, art, literature and philosophy, most of the world artistic patrimony is believed to be here, in Florence.