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N 21 B 409 C 7 E Mar 6, 2007 F May 16, 2015
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Truly a pleasant surprise to discover the Giardino dei Semplici ("garden of simples" or "garden of medicinal plants"). This ancient garden, originally the Medici family's medicinal plant garden and one of the oldest botanical gardens of Europe, is now owned and maintained by the University of Firenze.

The historic center of Florence is crowded with fantastic medieval buildings but has few trees, so coming upon this garden was like finding a little oasis and breath of fresh air. The paths invited one to enter and the blooming azaleas were announcing the end of winter on this cold, overcast March day. I added layer of textured color and a slight touch of "Diffuse Glow" in PS to add a vintage mood to this centuries old garden.

Tags:   Firenze Florence Tuscany Italy Italia garden botanical garden Medici family azaleas texture path Orto Botanico di Firenze Giardino dei Semplici www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography Stock Photography

N 28 B 550 C 10 E Mar 7, 2007 F May 9, 2015
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A soft rain was falling on my last evening in Florence. It didn't prevent visitors -- or me -- from enjoying the historic center's main square, the Piazza della Signoria. And as always, umbrellas are a great opportunity for photographs.

Tags:   Italy Florence Firenze sepia people umbrellas street scene reflection building Piazza de la Signoria historic Florence www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography Stock Photography monochrome Piazza della Signoria

N 33 B 627 C 16 E Mar 6, 2007 F May 2, 2015
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Here's another glimpse of this lovely place. Truly a pleasant surprise to discover this ancient garden, originally the Medici family's medicinal plant garden, and one of the oldest botanical gardens of Europe, now owned and maintained by the University of Firenze.

The historic center of Florence is crowded with medieval buildings with few trees, so coming upon this garden was like finding a little oasis and breath of fresh air. This young magnolia tree was announcing the end of winter on this cold, overcast March day. I added a slight touch of "Diffuse Glow" in PS to honor the poetry of this sweet little tree.

Tags:   Florence Firenze Giardino dei Semplici magnolia blossoms nature tree botanical garden historic garden Medici family medicinal garden www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography

N 30 B 626 C 5 E Mar 5, 2007 F May 1, 2015
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Another view of the astonishing architecture at the Piazza del Duomo. I was trying to give a sense of the amazing detail of these facades. On the left is just a glimpse of the facade of the Baptistry, the Duomo is in the center, and Giotto's Campanile is on the right. My album "Beautiful Florence" has a selection of photos of this treasure of a city, including views along the Arno of the Ponte Vecchio and Ponte Santa Trinita.



The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is the main church of Florence. It was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, and completed structurally in 1436. The dome was engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. The exterior is faced with polychrome marble panels in shades of green and pink bordered by white, and has an elaborate 19th-century Gothic Revival facade by Emilio De Fabris.



The three buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site covering most of the historic center of Florence.

Tags:   www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography Duomo Giotto's Tower Santa Maria del Fiore World Heritage Site Brunelleschi's Dome Florence Firenze Tuscany Italy architecture cathedral marble

N 32 B 921 C 16 E Mar 6, 2007 F Apr 18, 2015
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Just a few minutes walking distance from the Convent of San Marco in Florence, there are several gardens. I couldn't go inside as they were closed, but this charming scene was visible from the ancient garden gate. To spend a few peaceful moments enjoying this garden and the Giardino dei Semplici nearby was special. The historic part of Florence is densely crowded -- just as it was in the Middle Ages -- with narrow streets and no room for nature, not even trees. So it was pure pleasure to suddenly come across this little garden.

I was in somewhat of a trance in any case, after spending several hours at the Convent of San Marco experiencing the exquisitely moving frescoes there, by Fra Angelico. One of the highlights of my visit to Florence.

I truly recommend visiting the San Marco Museum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Marco,_Florence

Tags:   Florence Firenze Italy garden statues Italian garden trees oasis www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography Stock Photography Tuscany


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