The first courtyard of the Florence Town Hall was redesigned for Francesco de Medici's wedding in the XVth century. The Fountain was made by Francesco del Tadda and is topped with a replica of Verrucchio's Putto and the Dolphin.
This is one of the pictures I shot on my first visit to Florence in 1999, scanned from a n Ilford HP-5+ ISO 400 negative.
What can I say about Florence that has not been already said... If you care for beauty at all, you should visit Florence at least once.
To me, when I came back in 2015, it was a place to forget about myself in troubled times and to live outwards for a few days, surrounded by all this overwhelming beauty that embraced and quietly rocked me. Florence took care of me and sent me home, not healed, but with hope of healing.
I spent five days in Florence by myself. I took the time to wander these old streets that transformed and filled the fate of medieval Europe with hope, as it did with me. I sat on stairs, or by the river, spent long time in the Loggia, by the sculpture of the Rape of the Sabine Women, which fascinates me, took the time to read, to reflect, to wait, and to return to the right places at the right time to get the right light.
I believe shot some of my best pictures ever on these days I spent in Florence while my heart bled. To me, this old city has become specially dear, and so have the pictures I shot, so I might not be too objective about them. You can judge for yourselves...
One thing I do know. I will return.
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March 31st, 2014
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