quinta-feira, 9 de maio de 2019

Viagem a Florença - Matilde Cardoso e Madalena Monteiro

The Journey Through Time 

We consider this experience  wonderful as we not only visited historical monuments but also made friends for the rest of our lives.

One of the monuments that we visited was Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace)  that became the seat of government at that time. It later became the symbol of the Florentine Republic in 1300. It remained the center of power also during the Medici command. We quite liked it.


The Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti) a large Renaissance palace of Florence. Its appearance is currently of the 17th century, originally in 1458. Created by Lucas Fancelli, which was later bought by the Medici Family to serve as the official residence.

Duomo also known as Florence Cathedral; its construction  begun at the end of the thirteenth century, Project of Arnolfo di Cambio. One of the greatest Gothic masterpieces and the beginning of the Italian Renaissance and which was also finished in 1434. It is the main historical building of the city.

Unfortunately, we did not have time to visit because of the long queues and the lack of time.

Ponte Vecchio - famous Ponte Vecchio is a mediaval arch bridge over the Arno River, also famous for having a number of shops (mainly goldsmiths and jewelers). It was said that it was built in ancient Rome and was made of wood at the beginning.

The Chapel of the Medici (Cappelle medicee, in Italian) is inside the Basilica of St. Lawrence. It was built by the Medici Family during the Renaissance and currently reaches two buildings: the Sacristy Nova (designed by Michelangelo) and the Capella dei Principi (Chapel of the Princes). It is considered one of the most important religious buildings in Tuscany.

Villa Medicee di Poggio a Caiano, also called Ambra or Capriccio del Magnifico, is one of the most famous Villas of the Medici Family, and is located in the municipality of Poggio Caiano. The gardens that surround the village are of great interest, especially of the nineteenth century. The Villa Medicee di Poggio a Caiano is the first example of Renaissance architecture that fuses the lessons of the classics (in particular Vitruvius).

Giardin di Boboli, its history began in 1418 when the Medici Family purchased the Pitti Palace. This will be built forty years earlier than the Palazzo Pitti. The Boboli Gardens have many green areas, known as the Garden of the Cavaliere (Giardino del Cavaliere in Italian) produced partly on one of the walls designed by Michelangelo in 1529.Casino del Cavaleire was a playground of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, now owns the Porcelain Museum (Museo delle Porcellane). The garden was designed by Niccolò Pericoli, with contributions of Giorgio Vasari and Bernardo Buontalenti, his works began between the 16th and 18th centuries, it was opened to the public in 1766.

We found the gardens interesting, large and beautiful despite small inconveniences.

This  was a unique opportunity of our lives and we think we have made the most of it. We will never forget these moments.


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