A Weekend in Florence in December


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~ by zoetropic on December 13, 2011.

231 Responses to “A Weekend in Florence in December”

  1. wow – what amazig photos. I so want to go! Thanks.

  2. Great choice for the first pic.

    • Thank you! Isn’t that bicycle perfect? It was parked right outside the window of the apartment where I was staying. It’s amazing how such simple things can capture a place so effortlessly.

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  4. JEALOUS!!

    Looks like you had a great time. I’m over here studying for law school finals and you’re out wondering the great city of Firenze. I miss those days back in the day, when we would just pick a direction and start walking. . . “Quelli Erano Giorni!”

    Have fun and remember us poor less-fortunate souls!

    Buon’ Natale!

    – Don

    • How could I not think about you when I’m there Don? You are all over that city for me…I think those people, 14 years younger, are still there, wandering. There are traces of us everywhere…sometimes I really believe I might bump into the two of us strolling down one of the cobbled streets. Memories’ ghosts. Love you.

  5. nicely done Pacifica! Great shots…

    • Thank you Ruy! I still have NO idea what I’m really doing with a camera…but I think I have an eye for capturing unique images, even if I don’t know how to manipulate them yet. It was so wonderful to see both of you – I hope we get to do it again soon, perhaps in Florence, perhaps in another enchanting location!

  6. Was great to see you guys again!

  7. Wow, these pictures are so beautiful! The views are just amazing!

  8. Beautiful photographs!!

  9. Simply Divine!!!

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  11. Stunning pictures. I’m so FRICKIN’ jealous!


  12. Beautiful photographs. Great job. Congrats being FP!! You deserve it. 🙂

  13. LOVE your photos, and LOVE Florence! Congratulations on being “Freshly Pressed”!


  14. Simply inspiring shots!
    Congrats on being freshly pressed.

  15. ‘love to see my town through different eyes! Are you living in Florence or just on holiday?

    • I was just there for the weekend – but I have been there in total about 8 times, including staying for about 6 weeks at one point as a teenager. It was my “first love” in terms of cities. Also – I have tons of family in the Tuscany region – so the earth there feels so homey to me there. Are you originally from Florence or a transplant?

  16. The bikes and loaves of bread are my favorite part. I’m so jealous!

  17. How beautiful! This post cheered me up and has made me want to go to Italy.

  18. Simply beautiful; Florence – Italy – is life, and you’ve captured its essence perfectly.

  19. Florence in the autumn/winter is unbelievable. Much preferred to summer. Great job capturing the beauty!

    • I totally agree. Summertime overwhelms the city with tourists, sweat and noise…still beautiful and captivating, but the in the fall and winter you more clearly see the heart of the city, the pulse of it.

  20. I love Florence! I was in Torino in December and it was very similar to this. I love the little owl ornaments. I have two that I brought back with me. Great photos 🙂

  21. Gonna add Florence to the list of places to visit before I …..
    I am sure you had a great time there.

  22. Reminds me of why I fell in love with Firenze…

  23. What wonderful photos
    I love the post

  24. fantastic pictures thanks

  25. So many beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing.

  26. I love the photos, the essence of movement and for sure I would like to go. It is destiny because December is my month and the tittle fits so right. Cool for sharing, great finds to capture

  27. THIS is what Florence looks like in December??! Man, I think I’m living in the wrong city…

    Beautiful photos!

  28. Makes me want to pop into a bakery for a Christmas cucchidata.

  29. Great pictures! I was there in July when the temperature was around 42 degrees Celsius. Though I was charmed by the city, the heat was quite unbearable. December temperature must be just right.

  30. Splendid show, greetings

  31. These photos are amazing!! :)!!! Thank you for sharing, I really appreiate it. 🙂

  32. unbelievably beautiful. thank you.

  33. Great photos, you make me want a mermaid male harbor, very cool.

  34. What a great piece of work. I would love to go to this place now !

  35. <– More than jealous – looks like you had a lot of fun!

  36. Cool pictures….

  37. Beautiful photographs! Bellissima! My dream when I was a teen was to run away to Italia and fall in love in Roma. I’m such a pathetic romantic sometimes! I love Italy!

    • Well we are clearly kindred spirits then…Italy was the first place I ran off to when I began to travel alone. I fell in love there as well – with the country 😉

  38. Just beautiful. What a city, especially in December. Thank you for sharing.



  39. Great shots! Really lovely!

  40. Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing them. Connie

  41. Its really a piece of art the way you have (experienced – and) put this visit story together. Thank you!

  42. Beautiful pictures.

  43. Beautiful! I wanna go.

  44. Great shots… but perhaps the city plays an important role… 😉

  45. great photos! they inspire me to book a flight immediately. unfortunately, my checking account won’t allow, so i’ll have to be patient. but florence is on my radar in a major way. thanks for sharing!

  46. Beautiful Pics! I wanna go!

  47. Really beautiful pictures. Makes me miss Europe so much…Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  48. Fabulous photos and a wonderful blog. Congrats on being “Freshly Pressed”

  49. Just beautiful. Florence has to be one of my favourite places in Italy and these photos make me want to go back tomorrow. Thank you.

  50. Firenze is a wonderful city at any time of year, your photos capture how different it feels in winter. A great set of consistently creative images.

  51. Fun and beautiful photos with a touch of whimsy. I would love to visit Florence and Tuscany.

  52. oh Gah you killin me! fer real …

  53. Lovely pictures darling! I seems there is a lot of street art over there…

  54. decent

  55. Fantastic photos! I long to travel to Italy – it’s very high on my list. That bike shot is awesome.

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  56. I love the shopping bridge at night and the first one of cotton candy – its my favorite treat!

  57. Wow, amazing photos:o)

  58. What an incredible collection of photos here. The journey it takes you on is quite remarkable! You have a great eye for the craft. Keep up the awesome work!

  59. Great photos! What a beautiful city. I visited Florence last winter and I miss it dearly. This collection really takes me back. Thanks!

  60. wow, these photos are amazing! i have never visited, but this makes me want to go now!
    Check out my blog: http://ljohnson121.wordpress.com/2 🙂
    merry christmas

  61. great pics!

  62. Simply Beautiful!

  63. absolutely breath taking photos!


  64. Nice Pictures hope you had a good tome

  65. Posting gambar yang sangat menarik, Terima kasih

  66. Great photos ! 🙂

  67. Hey, your post shows quite a few nice and characteristic spots in Florence. I spent my weekend in Milan and added a few photos as well, in fact I was inspired by your post. If you’ d like to check it out, you can do so here: http://miracleworksfilm.wordpress.com/category/miracle-works-company/photography/

  68. Thanks for this superb. I was wondering whether you were preparing of writing related posts to this 1. .Maintain up the superb articles! 929620

  69. I recently returned to the States after living in Florence, Italy for three years. Your Mosaic of Florentine photo’s brings both nostalgia and appreciation for a most treasured city.

  70. Your photographs are amazing

  71. your pictures are gorgeous.you have a terrific bunch of photos i wish i could have taken myself..but unfortunately i will never get to florence .however i did notice that the geometric window in florence photo was exactly the same window featured in a store along fifth avenue in nyc that i had taken..wow..isnt that amazing..

    • Why will you never go to Florence? It’s never too late! Do you live in NYC? I lived there for five years… I miss it so much! It’s sort of nice to know that the shop window I saw in Florence connected me to just a slice of Manhattan, like a hidden portal.

  72. fantastic, all photos have a touch of art i love it.

  73. oh and check out my blog too ..www.lifewithapositiveview.wordpress.com
    thanks ..i really did enjoy looking at yours..

  74. So glad to see this post FP! Can I ask some advice? I’ll be in Europe from 1 Oct till early december next year (providing there’s no 2012 apocolypse which will, needless to say, REALLY annoy me). I had a few friends warn me off Florence at that time of year on the premis that it’s a “summer city” and completely dead in the colder months. As someone who is actually there, is there much validity to this?

    • Well…I guess it just depends what a person is looking for when they travel. I would say that there are many cities in Europe – primarily beach towns like for example Lagos in Portugal or Rimini in Italy that really empty out in the colder months, because many of the homes and businesses there are owned by people who only spend the summer there. Florence is nothing like that. There are a LOT less people in the fall and winter and for me that is a very good thing. In the summer I imagine the discos and bars are a lot more full – but full of other tourists. That’s fun too of course – but if what you are trying to get in your trip is a real flavor for the city, I think it’s actually much better to visit a popular tourist destination like Florence in the off-season. For example – the first time I visited Rome was in July and I hated it. The second time was in the middle of November and I was absolutely charmed by the city. It had a totally different character in the Fall. Tourist cities are often like actors in the summer, performing themselves. In the off-season they have the capacity to settle back into who they really are for a time, stop performing, and just be. Besides you’ll get better food, friendlier natives, and cheaper accommodation in the off-season. I definitely say go for it! Florence is beautiful all year round

  75. Your photos make me miss this city and I only spent two days there. Thanks.

  76. Such beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing them.

  77. great photos.

  78. wooww!! Florence is such a beautiful place, and your pictures are amazing.. 🙂

  79. Just breath-taking!! Beautiful.

  80. What a superb collection of photographs. Thanks for sharing.

  81. What a beautiful city. Last time I was there I only had access to a disposable camera, but somehow the city has a magical way of lighting itself up, that even with a disposable I was able to capture its essence.
    Your photos are outstanding and present it as it truly is.
    Thanks for the visit.

  82. Beautiful sites! Thanks for sharing. Makes me want to go. The photos are great!

  83. Great pictures

  84. Stunning photo gallery. So true to the city and experience there! Beautiful

  85. Beautiful pictures, you’ve managed to capture the spirit of the city. Bravo!

  86. Excelent pictures, thanks for sharing!!!

  87. Grazie! Fatta la mia giornatta. Wish I were there.

  88. Bellissima!

  89. really lovely blog….

  90. Ahhh, ” Ponte Vecchio ” tanti baci !!!!
    – Giovanni

  91. Amazing photographs. Great work..

  92. nice post and nice post… keep blogging… 🙂

    • Thanks for the encouragement 😉 It’s such a wonderful format for sharing writing and photography and ideas and all sorts of other things…I just have to try and do it more often, because the sharing of these things and connecting with other people all over the world like this really is so beautiful and worthwhile.

  93. nice pics….i took the same one of the ‘do not enter’ altered into a person carrying a white rectangle when I was in florence

  94. great pictures!

  95. Glorious photos with lovely contrasts and humour thrown in. Totally unnerving juxtaposition of image of figure sitting on parapet about to fall downwards into the sky below – that’ll take some time to shake out. Thanks so much for sharing these images

  96. Beautiful pictures! Now, I feel like going too!

  97. What stunning images! This collection of photographs is like an invitation to visit Florence that you can’t turn down!

  98. Having just returned from Florence myself, I am so impressed with your photos! Amazing and captured the beauty of the city. I would go back there in a heart beat!

  99. cradle of the Renaissance, home of Dante, Michelangelo, and the Medici, Florence is unlike any other city in its extraordinary mingling of great art and literature, natural splendor, and remarkable history. Intimate and grand, learned and engaging, Michael Levey’s Florence renders the city in all of its madness and magnificence. thank you

  100. beautiful photos! I particularly like the first photo of the bike.

  101. A Weekend in Florence in December photos is very nice

  102. Absolutely beautiful! I visited Florence last year and fell in love with the city. I have a lot of great photos, but I admit, they tell a rather superficial story. I love the way your pictures really tells the story of a people and their culture. Very inspirational, thank you for sharing.

  103. Thank you for sharing your photos and making me smile today. I am in the UK and I love travelling in Europe. Firenze is such a beautiful city to walk around and a fairly lively (!) place to drive around. I have some “snaps” of some of the views but I just love the candid people shots and the signs and posters etc. Thank you again… I need more weekends in lol.

  104. Fantastic photos. I went last year and loved it. These photos remind me of my trip – top stuff 🙂

  105. I was lucky enough to be in London last December and these photos are making me very glum to be stuck in London office this December! Absolutely beautiful though—looks like you had a great time x

  106. You have broken my heart this morning. I visted Florence for a couple of days when I was 17. I fell in love with the city instantly, and its siren call has haunted me ever since. Thank you for the wonderful picutes. If I can’t be there now in person I can at least vacation there in my mind.

  107. Thank you for a memorable opening this morning! A friend just returned and I was there in February. I love Europe off season! You captured the essence of all that! Thanks for sharing with me and hundreds of other bloggers!

  108. I just recently posted some pictures from my trip to Florence on my blog http://wp.me/sZ1DC-florence I fell in love with Florence and I cannot wait to return to explore more of the city and the Tuscan Valley. Your pictures brought back some great memories.

  109. Lovely and unusual views of Florence

  110. Stunning pictures, especially the on of the wet ground and the feet. I love different views and perspectives!

  111. i summarize it in 2 words simply amazing …. how i wish i have the resources to visit such a place and the picture was taken with so much mastery ..i love it .

  112. What a gorgeous place!

  113. ♥ it!

  114. WOW! The bike pic is stunning….it’s making me very jealous:) I want to go back to Florence now on that bike

  115. Gorgeous! I’ve been to Florence twice and never tire of seeing it. Fantastic shots, thanks for sharing!

  116. It’s not every day that you see a great photo of mermen. Well, Ethel Merman, maybe. But not the other kind. Love the blog! Keep up the good work !

  117. Venice, Florence, Milan. My 3 favourite italian cities:)

  118. Lovely pictures! I wish I was there! We spent a week in Florence May last year. I wouldn´t mind visiting in december. Lucky you!

  119. In Italy I dream to visit lake Orta and even began to study Italian
    But now there is Florence – just to have a look and to die!

  120. Phenomenal photos! This post made my day. Makes me want to return to Florence. Very nice job!

  121. Great photos! We seem to have a similar photographic style. 🙂 Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  122. What beautiful pictures! I am leaving for Florence next Thursday, and this post increased my anticipation!

  123. nice photographs..!!

  124. beautiful photos! reminds me of our recent trip to italy.

  125. Thank you-if i can’t be there at least I can make believe.

  126. Some beautiful photography. I would love to visit this place. Your photographs really brought it alive for me. Thank you for sharing.

  127. These photos are absolutely incredible.

  128. Gorgeous!

  129. I love your photos! Thanks for the reminder of why I used to love to photograph life and humanity!

  130. Wow- what photos! Italian cities always look so romantic.

  131. Very cool photos. Nicely done.

  132. Great photos! I like it.

  133. so nice to see so beautiful pictures of the city I live in. Great job!

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  135. Great eye and highly creative photographs. What type of camera are you using?

  136. This weekend sounds better than most of mine!

  137. Oh your photos are so amazing and make me miss Florence! You captured the city so well…the colors, reflections on the Arno, the food. Of course, the touristy places are wonderful and should be seen. But I love the underlying flavor of the city too. It’s been 9 years since I was there and I can’t wait to go back. Thanks for bringing back wonderful memories.

  138. Great pictures! Thank you for sharing. Florence is an amazing place isn’t it?

  139. Wow, superb images, I would love to go there someday, it was like taking the trip with you through your photography, amazing post!

  140. Beautiful pictures!!

  141. Can’t wait to go there! Beautiful.

  142. florence was my first city to go abroad – I had such great memories… I remember visiting so many art places, with ufizi as the crown

  143. So lovely! Fantastic photo story.

  144. Beautiful images of a beautiful city! … and I can’t wait to return.

  145. This is beautiful.

  146. Your post made me want to go back to Italy immediately! nice photos!

  147. Hey, these photos are great! II really wanted to go back to Florence when I saw these! I have started this blog of mine recently and I would be very happy if you check out my photos too, there are some Florence photos too =)

  148. gorgeous photos! I miss Italy!

  149. Nice pictures, nice post. It is nice to see how many people love our cities… You are welcome! Antonio

  150. ı wanna go there right now!!!!
    my dream city!

  151. Your photographs are beautifully composed and convey fascinating images. If only pictures could talk! What do you do to capture natural light so well?

  152. Those are some beautiful shots. I love the one with the yellow umbrella.

  153. Love your photos!

  154. Ohh your pictures are lovely! You’ve captured the “timelessness” of Florence. Thanks for sharing!

  155. *THUMBSUP* I think everyone who reads your post loves to leave for Florence immediately. Maybe we all meet there, also take pictures and share them. 😉

    You have given a wonderful suggestion and your photos are first class. Thank you!

  156. You really capture the essence of Italy in these photos – I’m impressed! Not only that, I now have a longing to visit Florence again…

  157. Wow! Those are such awesome pictures! It really makes me want to go there.

  158. I love your pictures! Thanks for sharing. I stayed in Florence for a few months about 7 years ago, and your pictures brought back some great memories.

  159. grazie! hai un occhio molto chiaro per le foto–e per la vita.

  160. I love your photos. You have captured the look of the drizzly streets perfectly. And the various moods of the reflected Ponte Vecchio too.

  161. great photos

  162. Super… beautiful photos!

  163. Beautiful. You have a lovely sense of composition. Very much like the Gallic expressions you captured on your companions’ faces too!

  164. love this blog! So happy I found this blog!!

  165. Love your pictures

  166. You’ve captured the beauty wonderfully. Love the images and presentation. Great work.

  167. This is amazing and I adore the feeling it gave me. I miss Firenze, yet I have only been there once for a year over a decade ago now!

    It’s so starkly contrasting from the Firenze of June that I remember, but oh so gorgeous. In an odd way, it evokes the same feelings in me that NYC does at this time of year.

    I am brand new to WordPress, but I am going to add your blog & hope you will do the same with me. Be patient, as I am still figuring out where this blog is going & who it is ❤

  168. love this ! hopefully you can check out my travel/food blog sometime for equally cool photos 🙂


  169. I love the photo where the girl is having gelato. I guess it’s a year-round treat!

  170. I love Florence, I miss it, But I don’t miss Florence people at all

  171. Your shots are amazing! I’m definitely putting it on my list of places to visit! Thanks for sharing this!

  172. Wow, I love your photos. How I wish I can take a vacation too. I’ve always December vacations are the best because everything’s in full decor for Christmas. Only, the fare prices skyrocket on December too.

    Congrats on making Freshly Pressed, btw. 🙂

  173. I’d love to visit this place.
    very nice scenery.

  174. WOW! What beautiful pictures! I just discovered your blog, and I love it! I went to Florence last semester for a weekend, and I really enjoyed it. We spent most of our time bargaining at the leather market. Thanks for such beautiful pictures of this beautiful place!

  175. Stunning

  176. These hedgehogs are gorgeous!!!!


  177. wow gorgeous

  178. Very charming. I like the one depicting Italian gesturing. 🙂 Congrats on being freshly pressed.

  179. I studied medicine in florence for seven years. Your beautiful pics made me happy: I remember when I was a young student in Florence

  180. Beautiful photos and great perspective. I enjoyed very much, thank you.

  181. Such a stunning collection of photographs. My favorite is of the carousal. Was the photo taken at the Piazza della Repubblica? I have always wanted to visit Florence. These lovely pictures evoke a sense of childlike wonder and make the urge to travel much more prevalent!

  182. Florence… one of the great experiences in life

  183. there were some truly stunning pictures in there
    i just had to stop and take some time
    keep it up

  184. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing you photos. Florence is one of my favorite cities on earth! I’ve always wanted to visit in the winter. Sublime. I feel homesick for Florence. This post has made my day!!!

  185. The picture of the ponte-I’m-forgetting-it’s-name at night is pretty freaking awesome! As are the rest of these photos. 🙂

  186. I would love to visit Florence. By now, I’ve been to Rome and Milan and hope to go Florence and Venice. Italy rocks.

  187. How beautiful! I’d love to go back to Florence sometime…I’m afraid the one and only night I spent there last summer did not leave me with a favourable impression of the city. 😉 I’d love to go back in the wintertime – I imagine it’s nowhere near as crowded or muggy?

  188. Gorgeous selection of photos. You really get a feel for the place.

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  190. Wow, these are beautiful and breathtaking photos!

  191. gorgeous pictures! Some of my own favorite pictures are from my trip to Florence while studying abroad in Italy.

  192. these are really wonderful pictures! makes me want to include Florence in my Europe trip this May! 🙂

  193. Very beautiful pictures. =)

  194. Bring back many memories of my stay in Florence! cool!

  195. These are amazing, I wish I could pack up and leave for Florence right now! 🙂

  196. I adore your photo collection. It’s the next best thing to being there. Thanks for sharing. You have an interesting perspective…I like it! 🙂

    Happy holidays!

  197. The pictures are absolutely breathtaking. I am going to Umbria for a wedding in June and it will be my first time in that area. I will visit Florence and Sienna. You’ve gotten me all excited!

  198. God I miss it soooo much! Everything is so beautiful in Firenze!

  199. I lived in Florence nearly a decade ago now and seeing your photos makes me want to go back so much!

  200. Wonderful images, you have areal talent. I especially love the street art portrait on the wall

  201. Great story! I’m planning to go to Florence soon, thank you for insight!

  202. They are all your photos, right? I don’t remember when was the last time I saw so many good photos in one place.
    I first wanted to leave my feedback about each of them but they kept coming and coming as I scrolled down so now I feel just a huge energy/creativity boost and forgot almost all I wanted to say.
    About the horse- what’s written above its food? Is it like – don’t touch, it bites? It’s funny. It’ written MORDE there and it means an animal’s face in Russian 😀
    i love the way the bike stands out in the first photo. I definitely love the yellow spot the tree creates in the second one. I love the rhythm of the third one. The girl whose umbrella matches the wall behind her is really cool too.
    In fact, I would love to send here a whole crowd of people and tell them – see, that’s what photography should look like.
    Brilliant! Thanks for posting!

  203. Amazing! I truly want to go even more now.

  204. Nice post!
    Can we use couple photos for our site http://yeahiloveit.com ?

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  209. Spectacular photos! You’ve brought back wonderful memories of Florence!

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  211. Souvenirs de Florence. Firenze is Beauty in some of its highest degrees. The beauty of this city is almost unbearable. The Stendhal syndrome, also known as hyperkulturemia (?) or Florence syndrome, is a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art, and particularly when exposed to the overwhelming beauties of Florence. So, friends, please beware of the beauty of Firenze.

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