Photo Journal: Renaissance art, architecture and rooftop views in Florence, Italy

Florence in Italy has it all; art, history, beautiful buildings, good food (you must try the pizza and gelato) and even better wine. If you are travelling in peak season like we did which is between June-August then be prepared for crowded streets, selfie sticks and hot weather – it’s oh-so-worth-it though.

One of Florence’s most iconic sights is the Duomo that took around 140 years to build, it really is impressive. Prepare to wait in quite a long line to get in though! My photos of the Duomo are at the bottom of this post.

I was amazed to learn that almost one-third of the worlds most treasured art resides in Florence. It can be found in the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Church of Santa Croce, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi gallery, and the Palazzo Pitti (Michelangelo’s famous statue can be found here in Florence’s Galleria dell’Accademia).


These first few photos below are taken from the Piazzale Michelangelo (or Michelangelo Square) which is located on a hill just outside of the main town. I think it is one of the best panoramic lookouts in Florence and the view is pretty spectacular so make sure it’s on your list to visit. The Square is of course named after Michelangelo and a few of his famous sculptures can be seen replicated in bronze around the area.

Overall we had a fantastic week in Florence, It was one of my favourite cities in Italy and I will definitely be back one day… In the meantime, check out my photo journal below.

You can experience this location on the Busabout Hop-on Hop-off Europe network. Check out the Busabout website for more details.

Please note: The Wild Hideaway travelled as partners of Busabout, we are spending the 2018 European summer blogging about all of our exciting experiences and adventures with Busabout. As always anything you read here is my personal and honest opinion.

Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway
Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway

Shannon is a travel and lifestyle writer with a keen taste for global adventure – whether it be snorkeling in the waters of Fiji, or exploring the art and architecture of Barcelona. When Melbourne calls her back home, she spends most of her time exploring and planning weekend road trips. To fund all of her trips, Shannon is a freelance writer and marketer – she was named the Australian Young Marketer of the year in 2017!

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  1. September 2018 / 7:24 pm

    These pictures are really nice. What camera are you using, or do you just use the mobile phone for taking pictures?

    • October 2018 / 1:12 am

      Hi Cheayee,

      Thanks for stopping by – I’m so glad you love the photos! I take the majority of my photos as RAW files on my Sony Alpha A5100 Mirrorless Camera or GoPro Hero 5 and edit on a desktop using Adobe Lightroom.

      Shannon x

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