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Italy 2019 Florence Part V

“Watching”, Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Palazzo Ottaviani, Piazza degli Ottaviani, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Ponte alla Carraia, Arno River, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

The first mention of the bridge (then built in wood) dates from 1218. Destroyed by a flood in 1274, it was soon reconstructed, but fell down again in 1304 under the weight of a crowd who had met to watch a spectacle. It was the first bridge in the city rebuilt after the 1333 flood, perhaps under design of Giotto. Again damaged in 1557, it was remade by will of Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici, who assigned the project to Bartolomeo Ammannati.

Enlarged during the 19th century, the bridge was blown up by the retreating German Army during World War II (1944). The current structure is a design by Ettore Fagiuoli, completed in 1948.
Wikipedia:


Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello, Via di Cestello, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


River Arno Eastwards from Ponte Alla Carriai, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Ponte Santa Trinita & Ponte Vecchio, River Arno, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Street Lamp, Lungarno Guicciardini, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Coat of Arms, Lungarno Guicciardini, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Ponte Santa Trinita, River Arno, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

The Ponte Santa Trìnita is the oldest elliptic arch bridge in the world, characterised by three flattened ellipses.

The bridge was constructed by the Florentine architect Bartolomeo Ammannati from 1567 to 1569. Its site, downstream of the Ponte Vecchio, is a major link in the medieval street plan of Florence, which has been bridged at this site since the 13th century. The wooden bridge of 1252 was swept away in a flood seven years later and was rebuilt in stone; this structure was in turn destroyed by a flood in 1333. The bridge of five arches constructed by Taddeo Gaddi was also destroyed in the flood of 1557, which occasioned Ammannati’s replacement. Four ornamental statues of the Seasons were added to the bridge in 1608, as part of the wedding celebrations of Cosimo II de’ Medici with Maria Magdalena of Austria


Street Shrine, Corner Borgo San Jacopo, Via del Presto di San Martino & Via Santo Spirito, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Fontana dello Sprone, Cnr Via Dello Sprone & Borgo San Jacopo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Flower Pot, Borgo San Jacopo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Torre dei Belfredelli, Borgo San Jacopo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Costa Del Pozzo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Piazza Di Santa Maria Soprarno, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Costa dei Magnoli, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


San Giovanni Battista (John the Baptist), Via de’ Bardi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

SAN GIOVANNI BATTISTA

OPERA DI GIULIANO VANGI

donata alla cittá dall’ente
cassa di risparmio di firenze
1796-1996


Small Access Door, Cantina Capponi, Via de’ Bardi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Memorial to St Francis of Assisi, Via de’ Bardi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Qui Giunse Nel 1211 Per La Prima Volta a Firenze San Francesco d’Assisi

Here, in 1211, San Francesco d’Assisi arrived in Florence for the first time


Church of San Niccolò Sopr’Arno, Via di San Niccolò, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Porta San Miniato, Via San Miniato, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Cappella Pazzi, Largo Piero Bargellini, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Bell Tower, San Niccolò Oltrarno, Via San Niccolò, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Street Lamp, Via dei Bastioni, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Porta San Niccolò, Piazza Giuseppe Poggi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

14th Century City Gate


Piazza Giuseppe Poggi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Rampe dei Poggi, Viale Giuseppe Poggi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Street Lamp, Viale Giuseppe Poggi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Pathway to Giardino delle Rose, Oltrarno, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Stele “Sole per Galileo Galilei”, Piazza Poggi, Lungarno Serristori, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Gate in the Riverbank, River Arno, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Weir, River Arno, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Weir & Spillway, River Arno, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Riverside to Ponte alle Grazie, Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Street Lamp, Via del Ronco, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Riverside Steps, Ponte San Niccolò, River Arno, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Torre della Zecca Vecchia, Piazza Piave, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, Piazza dei Cavalleggeri, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

National Library of Florence


Monument to Dante Alighieri. Piazza di Santa Croce, Largo Piero Bargellini, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Dante Alighieri, probably baptized Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri and often referred to simply as Dante, was an Italian poet.


Basilica di Santa Croce a Firenze, Piazza di Santa Croce, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Piazza Santa Croce Fountain, Piazza Santa Croce, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Via delle Burella, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Palazzo del Bargello Doorway, Via della Vigna Vecchia, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

The Bargello, also known as the Palazzo del Bargello, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, or Palazzo del Popolo, is a former barracks and prison, now an art museum.


Street Signs, Florence, Via del Proconsolo, Piazza di San Firenze, Tuscany, Italy


“Ero Nudo E Mi Avete Vestito”, Sculpture, Palazzo del Bargello, Via del Proconsolo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

“I was naked and you clothed me”


Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


4659 Via de’ Cerretani, Florence, Tuscany, Italy



Italy 2019 Florence Part IV

Religious Statues, Basilica di San Marco, Piazza San Marco, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Basilica di San Marco, Piazza San Marco, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Monument To General Manfredo Fanti, Piazza San Marco, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

The Monument to General Manfredo Fanti commemorates General Manfredo Fanti, a soldier and leader in battles for Italian independence and unification. Erected in 1873.


Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Fountain, Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Granduca Ferdinando I de’ Medici, Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

It is said the statue was cast with cannons taken from the Turks by the Knights of Santo Stefano.


Cupola di Brunelleschi, (Il Duomo), Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Pope Eugenius IV, Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

The cathedral was consecrated by Pope Eugene IV on 25 March 1436, (the first day of the year according to the Florentine calendar).


Sant’Antonino da Firenze, Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Arnolfo di Cambio
(c. 1240 – 1300/1310)
Italian architect and sculptor. In 1294-95 he worked in Florence, in charge of construction of the cathedral of the city


Statue of Fillipo Brunelleschi, Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Filippo Brunelleschi
(Firenze c. 1377 – 1446)
Italian designer and a key figure in architecture. Designer of the dome of the cathedral.


Doorway to the Dome, Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


“Watchful”, Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


L’Antica Cantina del Chianti, Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Smallgoods Shop, Via Sant’Antonino, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


“Elemosine Per Il Mantenimento Della Luce”, Via Sant’Antonino, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Translation – Alms For Keeping The Light 


Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Via del Giglio, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Trattoria La Madia, Via del Giglio, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Tourist Carriage, Via Panzani, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Carabinieri, Via Panzani, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Albergo (Hotel) Bonciani, Via Panzani, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Obelisco al Caduti Per La Patria, Piazza dell’Unità Italiana, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Carving, Convent of Santa Maria Novella Dominican Fathers, Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Carabinieri, Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Sant’Antonino da Firenze, Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

St. Antoninus (Antonio Pierozzi, the Archbishop of Florence)



Doors, Windows, Gates of Florence Part IV




























Italy 2019 Florence Part III

Corner Doors, Cappelle Medicee (Medici Chapel), Piazza di San Lorenzo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Street Sign, Via del Giglio, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Fortezza di San Giovanni Battista, viale Filippo Strozzi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Fortezza da Basso is a fort inserted in the fourteenth century walls of Florence. Its official name is the Fortress of Saint John the Baptist. It opened in 1537.


Fontana Della Fortezza Da Basso, viale Filippo Strozzi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Lamps, Fontana Della Fortezza Da Basso, viale Filippo Strozzi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Trams, viale Filippo Strozzi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Largo Martiri delle Foibe”, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Pillar Lamp, Hotel La Fortezza, viale Giovanni Milton, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Russian Orthodox Church of the Nativity, Via Leone, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Portico, Piazza della Libertà, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Triumphal Arch of the Lorraine, Piazza della Libertà, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Northernmost point of the historic centre of Florence.. erected between 1737-1739.


Porta San Gallo, Piazza della Libertà, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

This was once the main northern gate of the city.


Fresco, Porta San Gallo, Piazza della Libertà, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Street Lamp, Piazza della Libertà, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Drinking Fountain, Porta San Gallo, Piazza della Libertà, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Stone Carving, Chiesa Santa Lucia dè Magnoli, Via de’ Bardi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy


Religious Shrine, Via Nazionale, Florence, Tuscany, Italy



Doors, Windows, Gates of Florence Part III



Greece 2019 Part VII – Santorini

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Locals that dropped into our villa for a visit

Breakfast

Thirasia

Manolas, Thirasia

Ferry Passing Kameni Island

Café Bar Gateway, Spiliotica Café Bar

Thirasia & Oia from Hotel Sunny Villas, Imerovigli

A War Memorial, Thira, Santorini – 1912-1922

Rusted Water Pump, Thira

South Westerly View to Finikia, Firon-Ias, Thira

Eparchiaki Odos Firon-Ias, Thira

Derelict Gate

Orthodox Church

Hillside Village

Bar to Navagio

Kameni Islands

Holiday Accommodation

Timios Stavros Chapel, Thira

Dome of Agios Nikolaos, Thira

Cliff-side Villa Gates

Villa Window

Sunset Behind Thirasia from our Villa

Blue Note



Greece 2019 Part VI – Santorini

After Athens it’s just ashort flight to the Island of Santorini where we will spend a few days.


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Skaros Rock, Imerovigli, Santorini

Skaros Rock, Imerovigli, Santorini

To the left is the Island of Thirasia and on the headland to ther right is the town of Oia with the villas of Imerovigli in the foreground


Cruise Ships in the Caldera across Agios Georgios Chapel, Imerovigli

Bell Tower, Church of Panagia Malteza, Imerovigli

Bell Tower, Anastasi Orthodox Church, Imerovigli

Flaking Blue Door along the pathway between villas

Pathway between villas

Villa Steps, Sunny Villas, Imerovigli

Looking Inland From Blue Note Restaurant Bar, Imerovigli

Looking North to Oia From Blue Note Restaurant Bar, Imerovigli

Our villa is on the right

Mezzo Doorway, Imerovigli

(Restaurant / Bar – unfortunately closed when we were there.)

Kameni Islands, The Caldera across Agios Georgios Chapel, Imerovigli

Sunset Views from our villa at Sunny Villas, Imerovigli

Pathway behind Blue Note Restaurant Bar

Store Area Below the Bar

Night scenes around our villa

Entry to our villa

“Volkan” Santorini Blonde, Blue Note Restaurant Bar

First beer on the island



Greece 2019 Part V

Back to the Greek portion of our 2019 holiday where bwe contined walking around the city.


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The Benizelos Mansion, Adrianou, Plaka

The Benizelou Mansion or the House of St Philothei is (surprisingly) the oldest house of Athens. Visitors can see the amazing architectural elements of a typical konaki, or urban noble house, of the 17th century. The museum is based in the heart of the historical centre of Athens. It tells the story of the Benizelou family and St Philothei or Regoula Philothei and describes the habits and the traditions of the Athenian aristocracy before the revolution against the Ottoman Empire in 1821.

Derelict Building, Adrianou, Plaka

Doors, 74th Elementary School of Athens, Adianou, Plaka

Planter, Navarchou Nikodimou, Plaka

Agias Filotheis, Plaka

The dome in the distance is The Metropolitan Church of Athens

Gates, Agias Filotheis, Plaka

Retail Arcade, Agias Filotheis, Plaka

Shop for Religious Items, Cnr Agias Filotheis & Apollonos, Plaka

This area contained several shops that seemed to specialise it selling items for the Greek Orthodox church.

Church of Virgin Mary Gorgoepekoos and Saint Eleutherius, Plateía Mitropóleos, Aérides

Metropolitan Church of Athens Evangelismos Theotokou, Square Mitropoleos, Aérides

Statue of Constantine XI Palaiologos, Square Mitropoleos

Constantine XI Dragases Palaiologos or Dragaš Palaeologus, known in later Greek folklore as the Marble Emperor, was the last Byzantine emperor, reigning from 1449 to his death in battle at the Fall of Constantinople in 1453

Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Pl Kapnikareas, Politistikó Emporikó Kéntro

Buskers, Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Pl Kapnikareas, Politistikó Emporikó Kéntro

Retail Arcade, Ermou, Monastiráki

Buskers, Monastiráki Square, Monastiráki

Aiolou 27, Monastiráki

Church of Saint Eirini, Aiolou, Monastiráki

Church of Agia Kyriaki, Athinas, Psyrrí

Fruit & Vege Markets, Armodiou, Psyrri

Derelict Building, Theatrou, Psyrrí

Derelict Building, Cnr Sokratous and Theatrou, Psyrrí

There are many derelict buildings such as theseeverywhere we walked.

Graffitied Shops, Sokratous, Psyrrí

The Karamanlidika of Fanis, Mezetzidiko, Socrates (Restaurant), Sokratous, Psyrrí

Miran Pastourma, Evripidou, Psyrrí

Miran Pastourma is a famed pastourma and sujuk charcuterie business and market in Athens, Greece. The market has been in operation since 1922. It is considered the charcuterie of the connoisseurs.

Fotsi Spices, Evripodou, Psyrrí

Shop Doorway, Evbripidou, Psyrrí

Graffitied Pillars, Cosmote Department Store, Athinas

Hotel Cecil, Athinas, Psyrrí

Trezos Ribbons, Cnr Pallados and Kalamida, Psyrrí

This absolutely disgusting level of graffiti is a commopn sight everywhere we went in Athens

Graffitied Doorway, Athinas 33, Psyrrí

Clothing Retailer, Athinas, Psyrrí

Flea Market, Monastiráki

Monastiráki Square, Monastiráki

From the front of our hotel (360 Degrees Hotel)

The Parthenon, Acropolis

From our table at the rooftop bar 360 Degrees Hotel


Greece 2019 Part IV

A day in Athens to walk around and explore the area.


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Mater Terra Shoe Shop, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Souvenir Clothing Shops, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Flea Market, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Entrance to Hellenic Folk Art Exhibition, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Romios Tourist Shop, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Closed Tourist Shop, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Restaurants, Mitropoleos, Athens, Greece

Black Cat, Mitropoleos, Athens, Greece

There is no end of stray cats wandering around all over the place all over Greece!

Shopping Arcade, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Doorways, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Graffiti, Mnisikleous. Athens, Greece

Graffitied Doorways, Mpenizelou Paleologou, Athens, Greece

Athens is one of the worst places I have ever seen for graffiti…. sadly scenes such as this are absolutley everywhere you look all over the city. There is a definite sense of a lack of civic pride evident.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation, Mitropoleos Square, Athens, Greece

Light Standards, Square Mitropoleos, Athens, Greece

Church of Virgin Mary Gorgoepekoos and Saint Eleutherius, Mitropoleos Square, Athens, Greece

The church is built on top of the ruins of ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Eileithyia which is thought to possibly date to the 9th century.

Templar Cross, Church of Virgin Mary Gorgoepekoos and Saint Eleutherius, Mitropoleos Square, Athens, Greece

There are many wonderful and symbolic carvings in the walls of this church.

Apollonos, Athens, Greece

Gated Doorway, Apollonos, Athens, Greece

Architecture, Apollonos, Athens, Greece



Greece 2019 Part III

The time in Athens continues with the obligatory visit to Ther Parthenon at The Acropolis of Athens, a World Heritage Site.


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