Florence, Italy is a magical destination nestled along side the Arno river. Known for it's rich history in the arts, as it's the birthplace of the Renaissance, you can literally feel the creative energy of this city. While Rome is a bustling city center rich in ancient political and religious history, Florence is it's better looking, laid back, artsy sister. It has been called one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and that is so true. While I don't claim to have seen the world, I can still say with certainty that it would be hard to beat this Tuscan city.
Many of the buildings are brightly colored and reflect beautifully in the Arno river.
Many of the residents of Florence, known locally as Fiorentino, enjoy relaxing around the water's edge from near by bridges and embankments.
I noticed these two interesting gentleman as I was walking down one of Florence's many narrow streets. I approached them and asked if I could take their photo. The gentleman on the right asked why and I replied, “Because you look interesting.” He remarked, “Fantastico!” So I took my photo then he gave me his card and he happens to be Wanny Di Filippo, founder and head designer Il Bisonte. We of course had to visit the store and ended up buying some very nice Italian leather by the time we left Florence. This may be one of the more expensive photos I've taken. (Credits to Wanny for his craftsmanship and his marketing skills!) 🙂
Religion is a very important part of Florentine heritage with religious art at nearly every corner.
Street photography in Florence was endless with the narrow streets creating tons of opportunities.
Late at night when I was wandering the streets I looked down to see signs of Superman hidden under the city sewer grates.
I headed out around 5 a.m. to suit up for what ended up being a lackluster sunrise, so instead I captured some fun long exposures. In the United States we have to deal with two lights from cars, but in Florence it was the early morning scooters that created all the light.