Florence
Florence, Piazza della Signoria
The Piazza della Signoria - another undated postcard.   
Firenze, Piazza del Duomo
Florence must be the most visited city in Italy - a great place to stay for a few days and soak up
the atmosphere. Please note that many of the postcards on this page are from the same series,
each postcard having a description on the reverse in several languages. We have faithfully
reproduced the English versions which we hope you will find entertaining !
"Cathedral and Bell Tower. In the year 1298 was laid the first stone of this great
monument. The outside is marble of many colours. The facade has been
executed by Emilio de Fabris and the bronze doors by Passaglia and Cassioli.
The Tower bell is 84 meters high. It is work of Giotto but was finished in the year
1389 and was covered with the cuspidal roof."    
"Signoria's Square - Fountain of Neptunus. Named also of the Biancone. The
eight satyrs in full bronze metal and the divinities are also by Giambologna."
Firenze, Veduta
"View of Lungarno with old Bridge, S. Trinita and Ferro. The stone bridges which
celle a guete (sic) the two parts of the city are. The oldest is the one now called
Delle Grazie, the Ponte Vecchio was restablished many times on account of great
domages suffered by inondations and fires. The bridge of S. Trinita was
constructed in the year 1252 and is adorned of artistical ornaments. The Bridge
alla Carraia is not precisely known who founded it. Was begun in the year 1218
and finished in 1220 but was again rebuilded on account of suffered damages."    
Florence, Palazzo Pretorio
Firenze, Uffizi
The Uffizi and Royal Gallery. This large building has
been commenced in the year 1360 by order of Cosimo
1 who wanted to join it in all the public offices. The
Loggiato is adorned with 28 statues reppresenting
the most celebrated men in Art of Florence and
Toscany.  Over ???? there is the Royal Gallery of
paintings.
Florence, Alighieri House
"The House of the Alighieris. It is situated in St Martins Square and surrounded
by other houses. There is nothing noteworthy about it and in fact one has
thought of pulling it down and rebuilding it in its primetive form."
Old Postcard, Florence, Panorama
"The City of Florence rises in the midst of a fertile plain among sweet-smelling
green-covered hills. The river Arno traverses the town in a course of about 8300
metres. Its climate is mild and healthy: Its scrupulously clean streets bear the
names of illustrious men or of historical facts connected with Italian
Independence. Florence, the charming and beautiful city of flowers, is called the
Athens of Italy, and It deserves in every way this title, for its past and present
culture, for its artistic glories, for its sciences, and for the men of genius who
found birth, life and glory within its walls. Its building and its monuments bear
witness to the superb power which was its boast."        
Florence, Piazza Santa Croce
"The Place of S Croce is rectangular with a superficies of 8800 metres. In the
centre is erected the Monument of Dante Alighieri which is work of Pazzi Enrico
and was inaugurated on 14 May 1865. This Place is famous for facts and
amusements occured in centuries ago. There is the church of the same name
which existed since the year 1223 but at that time it was only a small church,
while now is one of the principal of the city and contains real pieces of fine art
works."
Florence, Stadium
"An important armoured concrete building, the work of Engineer Nervi. Has a
length of 275 metres and a width of 155. Commenced in 1930 and inaugurated in
1932. Covers an area of about 50,000 square metres, Playground 110 x 70 metres,
Track for foot races, 500 metres long. Noteworthy the five large winding
staircases acceding from the outside, the roofing of the covered stand projecting
22 metres without any support and the slender marathon Tower, 60 metres
high."  
Florence, Station
"Santa Maria Novella Railway Station. A building inaugurated October 28th 1935,
year XIV F.E.  Architects: Giovanni Michelucci, Nello Baroni, Nicolo Berardi, Italo
Gamberini, Sarre Guarnieri, Leonardo Lusanna. Architecture of the modern Italian
style. A few stately architectural lines with stone and marble ornamentation have
produced a most noble looking structure well suited for its purpose."    
Florence, Baptistry
"The Baptistry. The form is octagonal and it has always been believed a Pagan
temple dedicated to Mars while somebody think it was erected by the Lombards.
Arnolfo began to revest it with white and green marbles in the year 1289 and the
inside is richly encrusted with apreciated mosaics. The principal ornaments are
the three Bronze doors of which the first modellated by Andrea Pisano and the
other two by Lorenzo Ghiberti."        
"Palazzo Vecchio the Court. Was Put in order by Michelozzi in the year 1434. The
Court has octagonal form with large columns full of ornaments. In the centre
there is a fountain of Porplyry, by Tadda with a putto of Verrocchio. On the walls
are painted views of german cities representing the festivals for the marriage of
Francesco I with Giovanna d'Austria."
Piazza e Chiesa S Firenze.
"Piazzale Michelangelo. From where can be enjoed the most splendid panorama
one can immagine. There can be admired the whole city of Florence and the
principal monuments. Wear this place are the loggetta, the S Salvatore Church,
the Cathedral of S Miniato sorrounded by the Cemetery of the same name."
Santa Croce
An early 20th Century view of Santa Croce.   
"The Church of St Laurence. It is 1000 or more years old, was founded in 390 and
consecrated by St Ambrogio in 393. After a fire in 1423 it was rebuilt from designs
of Brunelleschi. The interior is in the form of a T; it measures 75 yards in length
and 35 in width. It has two sacristies which are small museums for the splendid
monuments they contain."
Florence, Duomo
The Duomo and the Bell Tower seen from the cupola of S Lorenzo.  
"Palace Pitti. Hinder part with view of the Cathedral. By going to the hinder part of
the Palace Pitti can be ebjoed a fine view. One can specialy see the cathedral of
which the cupola is a marvel of boldness and genins. Giotto had the task to build
the tower bell which is a magnificent building superiur to any of the kind."
Florence, Lungarno
A 1924 postcard of some old houses on the banks of the Arno.
Florence, Arno
"A View to the Arno with the Bridge of S Trinita. This bridge was constructed in
the year 1252. Fallen in the year 1269 was rebuilded by monks Sistro and Ristoro
but the over flow of the year 1333 destroyed it and so happened in the year 1346
and 1557. Founded again in the year 1567 the sculpteur Architet Ammannati
accomplished it in the year 1570."
Florence, Baptistry
The Baptistry.
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The Piazza del Duomo.   
Did You Know...........that the population of Florence in 2006
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"Palace Pretorio and of Podesta. Is not sure the name
of the Architet althongh Vasari say that has been
Lupo Tedesco father of Arnolfo. It was begun from the
year 1250 to 1255 and was residence of the Mayor of
Florence. Now the building is adapted to National
Museum. The tower is built apart and it is believed it
was erected before the palace. It is said that this tower
was used to paint the portraits of the traitors when
they could not be arrested.
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Santa Maria Novella.
Loggia dei Lanzi.
Il Duomo.
The River Arno.
Piazza S Annunciata.
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Florence, Piazza Michelangelo
The Piazza Michelangelo.   
Florence, Loggia dei Lanzi
"The Gallery of the Lanzis. It must have been used as a shelter from the weather
by the Priors when they had to address the people. It was erected by the Benci of
Cione in 1356 and finished in 1382. It contains some real works of art and several
stones commemorating the never-to-be-forgotten dates of the Union of Italy."
Firenze, Ponte Vecchio
The Ponte Vecchio - a postcard from 1911.    
Old Postcard, Florence, Arno
An undated but quite old postcard of the Arno and the Ponte Vecchio.   
Firenze, Via degli Strozzzi
The Via degli Strozzi.
A rather yellowy postcard of the Chiesa di Or San Michele.   
Florence, Chiesa di Or San Michele
Florence, Arno Bridges
An early 20th Century view of bridges over the Arno.
Chiesa di Or San Michele.
Florence, Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio.
Florence, Arno
A view of the Arno.    
Florence, Piazza del Duomo
The Piazza del Duomo and Giotto's Bell
Tower.  
Firenze, Piazza della Signoria
Florence, Ponte Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria.
The Ponte Vecchio.   
Florence, View
An interesting view of the Arno and the Ponte Vecchio.  
Firenze, Piazza S Croce
Piazza S Croce.
Florence, Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci
The Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci.
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Florence, Panorama
A panoramic view of the city.  
Florence - Firenze - Night View
Florence by night.  
Florence, San Lorenzo
The Church of San Lorenzo.
Firenze, Lungarno Archibusieri
Lungarno Archibusieri.
Firenze, Piazza S Trinita
Piazza S Trinita.
Florence Firenze
Florence Firenze
Florence Firenze
Giotto's Bell Tower.
Piazza della Signoria.
Piazza San Lorenzo.
Florence Firenze - Campanile of the Badia
Florence - Baptistery
Florence Duomo and Campanile
The Duomo and Campanile.
The Bapistry.
The Campanile of the Badia.
Florence Firenzo - Lungarno
Florence - Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci
A View of the Lungarno.
Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci.
Florence Firenze - Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria.
Florence - Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio.
A view of the city from the Giardino di Boboli.  
A panoramic view of Florence.
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