Florence Italy

Hi guys! I’m skipping ahead a few days to Florence because I just love these photos. Next week will be all Cinque Terre week. Yay! Are we starting to look tired here yet, lol?? I swear this photo looks like it’s 6 am and we just rolled out of bed. But actually this is what we look like when we just roll out of bed, ride on a train for 4 hours, and then climb about eleventy billion flights of stairs. Oh, and the wind probably had something to do with our hair. Sorry about that! :)

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This is basically the first thing we saw when we stepped off the train in Florence. Love. Little did we know, we’d end up right back here, on that bridge you see in the foreground, for a gorgeous sunset.

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We made our way up to the Piazzale Michelangelo for this breathtaking view of Florence. I don’t know if you guys can see it, but if you look all the way to the left, you can see the wall that surrounds Florence. I can barely see it and I know it’s there, though! I loved seeing the walls around all the cities we visited.

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Postcard perfect view.

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Loved these little houses on the hills.

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I seriously could not get over this amazing view. Click on the image above for my attempt at a panoramic photo of the view. Seriously, this small thumbnail does not even show half of what you can see in the full photo, you have to see it! :) How amazing is that?

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We were crossing the Santa Trìnita bridge, heading back towards the train station, and caught this view just as the sun was setting over Florence. The bridge you see in the picture is the one we stood on when we first arrived.

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This was in the exact same spot, but looking the other direction towards Ponte Vecchio.

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Ponte Vecchio = Old Bridge.

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We had the best seat in the house, such beautiful views from both directions.

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Looking East.

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Looking West.

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Is this why they call it Firenze?

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Have a beautiful, beautiful weekend friends. xoxo

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44 Responses

    Your pictures are really gorgious. They are so beautiful that I could believe I was back on the place.
    I spent a year in Florence as a student and I LOVE TOSCANA. Unfortunatly I never been back there since 1994. Long time ago. I still miss the people I left behind and the “dolci” Landscapes of Tuscany. Hope we could take our 4 kids there one day. thanks again for sharing all these good rememberings with us. Glad for you that you had a wonderful weather on your trip.

  2. melissa

    Do you handhold for your nightshots, rest camera on something steady, or use a tripod? Thanks. I appreciate the details you provide when you click on a photo. That is helpful. Thank you.
    (We LOVE Italy!!! Glad you had a glorious time.)

  3. Kellee

    My husband and I returned from two weeks in Italy as you left. We traveled to Venice, Florence, Siena, Rome, Orvieto, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi, Positano and Naples. Beautiful country. I wish we had the time to squeeze in Cinque Terre – next time! Anyway, I’m envious of your photos from Florence. It rained non-stop during our four days there. I was dying to know what the city looked like when kissed by the sun…. it is stunning. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hani

    nice photosss!!! did you edit them or it’s the setting of your camera? love it! would like to take such pictures with that colour tones :D

  5. Emily

    I love, love LOVE Florence. Piazzale Michelangelo was my favorite place. I am missing it even now. :) What I love most about Florence is how accessible everything is – you can see your favorite things over and over. Enjoying reliving our trip to Florence, Venice and Rome thru your photos.

  6. Fulvia

    ciao Amanda! was browsing thru the beautiful fonts you make available for us and saw that you are in Italy right now, you should be in Liguria now and I am so sorry that the weather is so miserable…been raining all day today and it will keep on raining till thursday but I hope this will not spoil your holiday. I loved your pictures, lovely colors and I am so happy you loved Venice, it’s my fave city in the whole wide world, magic! I live on lake Como and wonder whether you’ll be paying a visit here, lake Como is beautiful. Have a lovely holiday!!!!


  7. Agus

    Awesome photos!! I love the panoramic one!! which program do you use to put it all together? just Photoshop or a special one?

  8. Kia

    Exquisite virtual tour of my fave Italian city! :) Thanks for sharing, Amanda.

    Can’t wait for your photos of the charming Cinque Terre. Hubby and I have been there in October 2011, right before the horrible floods (, and I was wondering if you can still see many traces of the devastation.

    Happy day! :)
    Cheers from an Italian expat in Scotland.

  9. Marksgran

    Your blog is wonderful, an inspiration. The photographs of Italy are stunning. I’ve only been to Rome and Portofino on day trips with a cruise and I hope to return to Italy one day, it’s a beautiful country with amazing food too! Thank you for sharing.

  10. Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl

    Gorgeous pictures, Amanda. You couldn’t have asked for better weather! Sweet!

    My daughter and I must trek here one day… Must.

  11. Holly

    I’ve always wanted to go to Italy. For my 5oth birthday next year, I will do it! You’ve inspired me to make my dream come true.

  12. Maura

    We have that exact picture of the Ponte Vecchio at night on our fireplace mantel…well your’s is so much prettier :) Thank you for reminding me of what an amazing time we had in Florence!

  13. Silvia


    Just to say that the photos are beautiful. I went to Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome three years ago and loved it. Waiting for the Cinque Terre report. :)

    Have fun!


  14. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    Having just visited Torino, I think my next trip to Italy will have to be Florence. How stunning!

  15. Jeanette

    Amanda, these photographs are spectacular – what a wonderful trip. You and Kevin look great, not tired at all, very happy and relaxed. Thanks for sharing all these beautiful pictures from your trip.

  16. Zeno

    The name comes form the Latin word for flourishing. And Firenze’s history has indeed been one of a flourishing people and culture! :)
    Great photos!

  17. Kathy B

    You’re really adding fuel to the fire that is my dream of eating my way through Italy and capturing sunsets in as many parts of the world as I can. So gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your photos with us :)

  18. Rachel @ My Coffee Cravingts

    I’m loving all these photos of your trip, especially the sunset shots! I’ve always wanted to go to Italy, but now I REALLY want to go!

  19. Audreya

    I studied in Florence for a while was I was in college. It remains my favorite place in the whole world. Thanks for the happy memories this morning. Amazing pictures!

  20. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

    Absolutely beautiful, yet again. Did you do something in Lightroom to make the sun shots have those gorgeous rays, or was that just the beauty of Italy!?!?

    1. Amanda

      Hey girl! I’ve found my camera adds those dramatic rays to to light when my aperture is set as high as it will go. For example, in the three sun photos above, my aperture is f/22. You can see it even does it to the street lamps in the bridge photos! Here’s another photo with sun rays taken back in the states, in Georgia :)

      Sun Rays in Georgia

    2. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

      Awesome!!! I’m going to have to try that with my new 50mm f/1.2 that comes tomorrow! :D Eeee! Thanks Amanda!

  21. Vintage Paper Designs

    Speaking of just waking up…. Instead of “Ponte Vecchio” I read “Pistacio” lol
    Time for that coffee…
    Nice photos as always!

  22. Dee

    All of these pics are just amazing but the panoramic view shot blew me away! I feel like I’m there with you.
    Thanks so much for sharing your travels with everyone.

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