This is a vertical panoramic view of Brunelleschi's cupola in the Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore, the cathedral of Florence, from the via dello Studio. The image of Mary is on the Bottega dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, where the sculptures of the cathedral are preserved.
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, 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.
There is a version of this image without the texture.
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October 19th, 2015
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