Florence
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Original Roman Amphitheatre once in the center of FlorenceFlorence ViewFlorence View with Signoria government buildingSanta Maria Cathedral of Florence with work being done on Brunelleschi's DomeDavid slays Goliath in front of the Signoria building which witnessed many executions (including that of Savanarola) and centuries of political upheaval.A reproduction of Michelangelo's David in FlorenceAncient Ponte Veccio Bridge (originally Roman) with Vasari passageway across the topExample of common smooth faced, non-rusticated architectural technique.Palazzo Strozzi example of Rustication facade technique. Horses would be ridden up to the building and the rider would jump off on to the stone platform and attach the bridle to the large metal ring.Large metal ring to attach bridled horse also had a place for a candle for night time arrival. Close up of rustication technique.The internal symmetry of this building would be an example for all future Renaissance and Baroque architecture, making it a landmark in innovation!Brunelleschi's Dome was a rediscovery of the secrets of Ancient Roman building technology. He studied the Pantheon for months and came up with an innovative sandstone ribbed drum idea to create a massive internal space kicking off Renaissance architecture.A bronze casting of the layout of the city of Florence.Statue of Lorenzo the Magnificent in the Signoria plaza (Piazza Vecchio).Michelangelo's David (a copy) in front of the Signoria. The original is in the Academia Museum in Florence.The Medici crest which includes 5 balls (possibly representing coins/money and the papal crowns and key at the top.These crests represent the various guilds of Florence (most associated with the wool trade).The tower where Cosimo de' Medici was kept prisoner for weeks and could have been killed by the Albizzi!Signoria building--the center of government throughout much of modern European history.The Ponte Vecchio bridge was originally built during ancient Etruscan times, was made of wood and replaced dozens of times due to floods. It's continued existence is astounding.The Ponte Vecchio was the center for money changers during Medieval and Renaissance times. The Vasari (named after a Medici-sponsored architect) provided a passageway for Medici rulers to get out of the city to the Pitti Palace in times of trouble.It is difficult to know you are even on the Ponte Vecchio bridge because it is so built up and busy. It seems like a city street. More art outside the Signoria and Uffizi (offices of the Medici). The Uffizi is now one of the finest art museums in the world, specializing in Renaissance art.