Sixteen

16

Pianta della Catena, detail

Fifteenth-Century
Museo Firenze Com’era

A birds-eye view of Florence, if you have been to Florence, is not such an uncommon thing. There are plenty of places from which to survey the orange Tuscan roofs; Piazzale Michelangelo up in the hills, not to mention the cupola and bell tower of the impressive Duomo. It is interesting then to look at the city from the sky historically, as one is immediately overwhelmed by the fact that the view is not drastically different. The infrastructure probably varies and the city has spread with its population, but the amount of dominant buildings in Florence that date from the fourteenth and fifteenth-century is astonishing. The church turrets that climb here still watch over the city; the large palaces that line the main squares and streets are those of the notorious Florentine families. What our modern view now lacks is this snaking city wall, the buildings are not so neatly separated from the rolling Tuscan hills, dotted, as they are here, with their distinctive trees. What is evident from this picture is the city, like the hills, has been breathing in its valley for centuries; it is no wonder that it hides such cultural and historical treasures among its walls.

About these ads

1 Comment

Filed under Fifteenth-Century

One response to “Sixteen

  1. Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!…..I”ll be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work! :)

    – Marc Shaw

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s