A Day in Florence

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I have a yearly structural inspection job that I do down in a grubby industrial area close to Florence. It takes me about an hour, and then I have the rest of the day to explore Florence.

In past years I have done the obvious stuff like the Cathedral and Baptistry, so this set is about what you can see on the western side of the city. The Covid thing, meant drastically reduced crowds this year, which made photography easier. But I had my temperature measured several times and that smelly hand gel in all the places I entered is a pain. Some of the museums are closed and you cannot wander at will in the larger sites, but must follow a strict one way route.

This was the first time out with the Z7 for a days "city exploring". Having just one body is not ideal but less of a hinderance than I expected. The 14-30 got a lot of use, as did the long end of the 24-200 for detail shots. I also took the 16mm F fisheye to experiment with. The 28PC did not get any use. The IBIS in the Z series seems to be good down to 1/15 if you take care.

My first stop was at the peaceful mostly Baroque "Chiesa di San Salvatore in Ognissanti", with its crucifix by Giotto (1315).


The next two places I wanted to see closed at 1.30 so I hurried off to the "Cappelle Medicee". This is a rather daunting place with its tall dark marble walls. You can also feel the statement of power and wealth of this banking family in this place. It is also famous for the sculptures by Michelangelo Buonarroti.

The "Cenacolo di Sant'Apollonia" was a nice surprise. It is free to enter ( entrance fees in Florence are mostly extortionate by Italian standards), and you can see a lovely "Last Supper" by Andrea del Castagno, in complete peace and quiet as this place is not on the "must see tourist bucket lists".

Turning the corner I came across the "Mensa Sant'Apollonia" in the ex cloisters behind the Cenacolo. This is place now a canteen for University students and I had not read some of the Trip Advisor reviews, before innocently venturing into this place.
I found a more agreeable place to eat lunch nearby in a trattoria that catered for the lecturers of the University, where I ate well for surprisingly little.

Last on the list of places to visit in the centre was Basilica di Santa Maria Novella. This place has a crucifix by Giotto (1288), with a early use of prospective and realism. The highlight of this monument for me was the sumptuous "Il Cappellone degli Spagnoli" with frescoes by Andrea di Bonaiuto (1345).

Here are some pictures.


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1 Chiesa di San Salvatore in Ognissant

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2 Chiesa di San Salvatore in Ognissanti. Crucifix by Giotto.

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3 Cappelle Medicee

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4 Cappelle Medicee

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5 Cappelle Medicee

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6 Cenacolo di Sant'Apollonia, Last Supper by Andrea del Castagno

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7 Cenacolo di Sant'Apollonia, Last Supper by Andrea del Castagno

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8 The Cenacolo seen from the Mensa Sant'Apollonia. Behind those windows is the room with the fresco I posted above!

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9 Mensa Sant'Apollonia.

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10 Basilica di Santa Maria Novella

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10, Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, crucifix by Giotto.

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11 Basilica di Santa Maria Novella

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12 Basilica di Santa Maria Novella

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13 Basilica di Santa Maria Novella

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Wonderful set, Nigel, and excellent description. I have visited Florence several times over the years, beginning in 1981, but you have shown me some places I have never been to.
 

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I love Firenze. We regularly (not this year Grrr) travel in Italy and your gorgeous images have me itching to get back there. Maybe 2021 .... maybe.
I am sure you will be able to make a trip to Italy once this disaster is over.

Such an enjoyable series! I was there in 1986 and 1999 and your photos make me want to return.
Thanks, it has changed a lot since then, but I hope you can return.

Wonderful set, Nigel, and excellent description. I have visited Florence several times over the years, beginning in 1981, but you have shown me some places I have never been to.
Thanks for the kind comment. Whilst researching places to visit this time, I realised that there is an almost endless list of interesting places to visit in this city. Google maps threw up a lot of useful comments and links to the various monuments marked.

I always try to visit a couple of famous sites and two or three "minor" sites in a day. In a way I like the way the less famous sites always seem to surprise me in one way or another.
 

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Fantastic set of images Nigel. The two graffiti pics 8 and 9 were unexpected but really added to the interest for me. Nicely done indeed.
Thank you. Yes, when I came across this graffiti, it seemed a good opportunity to make a couple of pictures that create a pause in this parade of "high art".

Superb, really show how well the Z series handles slow shutter with IBIS and great highish ISO! Those interiors are fantastic.
The Z7 is very usable for this type of photography. It is a good successor to my old EM5 which when I bought it in 2014 made this sort of photography easy. The strange thing is that at F4 I use the same settings as i did at F2.8 in my old EM5. Nikon and Olympus have different ideas about ISO it seems. The usable IBIS shutter speeds are about equal in the two cameras.
 

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One of my favorite places in Europe. Loved the last image with the view of the city.

Thanks. I took a whole lot of shots without the people from Piazza Michelangelo, I saw this shot as I was leaving.
 
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Awesome set, Nigel. Each image excellent on its own and collectively even better. Gives a nice sense of the place.

We were in Italy last fall and spent our last two days in Florence. Our second trip to Italy and Florence is the only place we re-visited. Love that place.
 

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Simply a superb thread full of stunning images! I, too, viewed the images many times while returning to your much appreciated descriptions of the places you visited. I must say, the grafitti was quite shocking compared to the interiors you visited! LOL!
 
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