Firenze, the world-renowned city situated in the Italian region of Tuscany. My second visit to the most populous city in Tuscany and unfortunately again, a rushed experience.

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Florence is well know for the gorgeous Santa Maria del Fiore, which is a domed cathedral known as The Duomo. It was built of brick and mortar 600 years ago and is still the largest dome built like this. The façade of the Cathedral is incredible and much praise should go to Filippo Brunelleschi.

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We passed the centre of the city where you will find all the world famous museums and statues of naked people. We also indulged in the medieval walls that once surrounded the city and the Bartolomeo Ammanati’s Fountain of Neptune which was made of marble in 1563.

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We reached the River Arno, and had an excellent view of the surrounding bridges. There’s something about water and making a place that little bit more beautiful.

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The bridge we reached is called the Ponte Vecchio – the Old Bridge – which stands out because of the numerous shops built along the sides and held up by stilts. The Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge to remain intact throughout World War II.

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Unsurprisingly, our sail away from Livorno – The Port of Florence – was a sight to see. It was a shame that we didn’t have time to visit Pisa, which is also accessible from Livorno. I was fortunate to have visited a few years back. I may or may not have been slightly annoyed though when I returned home to realise my brother had cut off the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the picture!

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