Road to Tuscany, Part Six. Florence

I doubted for a long time if you need to write a story about a short stop in Florence after Tuscan Travel. After all, about this city already written so much, and any information is easy to find in Wikipedia. However, I decided to write, because the one who is not interested can simply and not read, but one who only at the beginning of the way of collecting information before traveling may be interested. However, without partial copying of facts about objects, it is still not to do, I apologize for this in advance, but otherwise you will tell you about what you saw, I cannot share a new and earlier information 🙂 I will try to use a copy-paste minimum, and enter into this data in quotes.

Florence for me is a special city, since I read the book of Irwin Stone "Flour and joy", The image of this city has played by other paints.

Until I managed to travel aimed at places related to the work of Michelangelo, but I think, with time, I will implement it.
For the first time in Florence, I turned out 9 years ago, from that journey I had a video,

And on the first evening, at the arrival, I allowed myself to just wander through familiar places and nostalgia.

The next morning, I went towards Michelangelo Square to admire the city from the steps of the beautiful Church of San Miniato Al Monte, which is just five minutes walk from the famous panoramic platform, but before I did not know about this place.
I went with the bus stop P-ZZA Santa Maria Novella (43.772537, 11.249189)
(Florence Transport site with schedules and schedules). Bus 12 in the direction of Piazzale Michelangelo for 25 minutes takes to the stop of San Miniato Al Monte, right to this basilica (one-time ticket can be bought in the bar or tobacchchery, costs 1.2 euros, you need to refill it when entering the bus in an orange machine).

Basilica of Saint Miniato Al Monte (San Miniato Al Monte) has become a real revelation for me. "It stands on top of one of the highest points in Florence and was described as the most beautiful Romanesque structure in Tuscany and one of the most beautiful churches in Italy. The main facade of the church is made in a typical Tuscan style, decorated with multi-colored marble."

"The entire complex of the Basilica of St. Miniato Al Monte is surrounded by defensive walls, originally built by Michelangelo during the siege in 1553. Near the walls of Basilica, the cemetery was now formed, where famous people were buried, including the creator of Pinocchio Carlo Collodi."
And from the view from this hill just intercepts breathing. Actually, for the sake of the form from these steps, I was originally rose here.

"The church is devoted to the first Florentine martyr – the legendary Holy East (probably, Armenian) of the MINIAS (in Armenian – Minas). He was a Greek merchant, rich and worn man, who, however, later changed his gaze on life and decided to take a pilgrimage in Rome. In about 250, he arrived in Florence, during the persecution of Christians by Emperor Dezi. Miniato retired to the cave, where he lived by a hermit until the emperor of the Deuti decided to betray a holy martyrdom for refusing to read the pagan gods. Wild animals refused to break the saint into pieces, and fire Gas, and then saint cut off his head. According to life, after the execution of the martyr, raised his head and went to die into the native cave. Subsequently, approximately in the 4th century, there was a chapel, and in 1018 the bishop of Guildebrand decided to erect the church here, which for a long time was considered the most beautiful in the city."

Church can be visited from 8 00 to 19 00.

"The interior of the church is a sample of the Romano-Florentine architecture.
Three nefs have overlaps of a rafter type. The floor of the central neopa is laid out marble mosaic with zodiac signs and symbolic animals."

"On the walls, fragments of frescoes of XIII-XIV BB are preserved."

"At the arms apcide presbyter – a large mosaic, representing Christ on the throne (1297 g.), to the right of him the Mother of God, on the left King of Armenia (Rex Ermenie), which places the crown on the only true king."

"To the right of the prestitching is the entrance to the sacristia, the cycle of plot frescoes from the lives of St. Benedict written by Spinello Aretino."

"The light in the repository penetrates through the modern stained glass window, and the authentic Gothic stained glass window of the county was destroyed in 1630."

"Wooden clothes storage cabinets made Master Monicatto."

"Crypta Basilica surrounded by wrought iron grid (1338 g.), is under the altar part and is divided into seven milbs – four side and three central. The flat cross arch of the underground part of the temple holds on 38 columns from marble and brick. Here in the altar of the XI century remains are stored. Miniato."

Walking around Cemetery from Basilica You can pay attention to interesting tombstones.

In San Miniato, I spent quite a lot of time and continued my walk already in the bake. It was the first truly hot day at my trip, and the last day of vacation :))) When I was on the panoramic site on the square Michelangelo, was just noon, the sun fry mercilessly and the people were just a sea. The most unsuccessful time to shoot the panoramas of the city 🙂

However, the light wind brought with him a multiple chime bells from all sides, I love this sound very much when I hear him into the movies, the memory instantly transfers me to Florence, or in Rome, or in Venice, where the bell ringing is very memorable.

Nevertheless, I did not linger here for a long time, still it is better to come here before sunset, an unforgettable image of the city I wore with me all these 9 years.

If you go through an unlikely gate under the area of ​​Michelangelo (43.763444, 11.263794), I will find yourself in this Paradise Garden.

Giardino Delle Rose (Entrance from 8 30 to 19 30).
"Garden Square near hectare is the creation of architect Giuseppe, who designed it on the eve of the transfer of the capital of the Italian kingdom from Turin in 1865 to Florence. Today, about a thousand varieties of colors and more than 350 types of vintage exclusive roses are growing in the garden."

I was attracted by the sounds of music from a distant corner of the garden, went closer to enjoy, guys played very cool 🙂

Went down to dine in a very clumsy tavern with a fixed menu, but I won’t recommend it, I can’t say that I liked. Walked once again through Ponte Vecchio,

It was pleasantly surprised by the green bushes at the Gallery Uphtic.

Maybe it was an installation such, and maybe now all the time so – I did not understand who know me to correct. But very nice. In the heat refreshes among hot stones.
I also had another idea not realized in the past visit – the Church of Santa Croce, the place of restoring Michelangelo (works from Monday to Saturday 9.30 – 17.30, Sunday from 14.00).
"Legend says that the church was founded by the Holy Francis of the Assisian himself, who died in 1226, and in two years he was counted for the facial saints."

"This is the world’s largest Franciscan church, famous frescoes of Jotto and the tombs of the great people of Italy. Nikcolo Makiavelli, composer Joakkino Rossini, Creator of Wireless Telegraph Gulielmo Marconi, Composer Mikhail Cleafas Oginsky, author of the famous Polionize."

Road to Tuscany, Part Six. Florence

Tomb Galileo Galilee.
"As a result of the conflict of a scientist with the Catholic Church, he was accused of "heavily suspected in heresy". With this wording, he escaped the fire of the Inquisition, but the residue of life has lived in essence in conclusion. Dad Urban banned to bury the Galilee in the family crypt of the Basilica of Santa Croce, and only in 1737, Galilean was transferred to Florence, where he was solemnly buried opposite Michelangelo."

"Michelangelo died in Rome in February 1564 at the age of 89.
Pope Piya IV was going to bury Michelangelo in the Cathedral of St. Peter. On February 20, 1564, Michelangelo’s body was temporarily assigned to the Santi Apostoli Basilica. In early March, the sculptor’s body was secretly transported to Florence and solemnly buried on July 14, 1564 in the Church of Santa Croce."

"The draft tomb was pre-developed vazari. He placed in the top of the composition on top of the sarcophagi bust of the Great Masters, and at the bottom – three allegorical figures: painting, sculpture and architecture."

"The most famous Kenotaf inside Santa Croce dedicated to Dante Aligiery. Dante’s place in the culture of Italy is comparable to Pushkin’s venue in Russian literature. He created modern Italian more than 700 years ago. Then Italy spoke on 14 dialects, and Latin served the language of communication of cultural people. Dante promoted Italian into the peak to all intellectuals of that time. He believed that it was necessary to invent a new language, which would bring together a nation and offered to make this step by means of literature."

"The Italian poet Dante Aligiery was buried in Ravenna, but in his honor, Kenotaf was installed in Santa Croce, located opposite the southern wall near the Moket Michelangelo. Kenotaf was created in 1829 by Stefano Ricky and depicts Dante over his empty grave, along with statues of allegorical heroes from his works."

Santa Croce, of course, produces a strong impression. And frescoes and stained glass windows:
"The seals of the main altar are painted by frescoes Anolo Guddy on the topic of finding the Cross of the Lord. Anolo Gaddy is also the author of the windows of the windows of the main altar."

In 1966, a strong flood occurred in Florence, then many objects of art suffered.
In the sacristia you can see the wooden crucifixion of the Cimabue 13th century, which was also badly damaged.

Here, near, in Capelli, Medici recently opened a new exposure of rescued and restored after floods of masterpieces of painting.

I decided to say goodbye to Florence in Fyzol, a cute town of 8 km from the city located on a high hill.
You can get here by bus number 7 from Piazza di San Marco stop (43.777667, 11.258678) In the FIESOLE PIAZZA MINO. On the way of 20 minutes.

From here the whole city, as on the palm.

On the panoramic platform at the monastery of San Francesco (943.807260, 11.290011) I had a music company again 🙂

Sound songs under the guitar and Florence at my feet in the rays of the setting sun – could it end to this last day in Tuscany?:)

Last glass of Chianti on the track.

I really hope to return again to live in the vineyards to emerge once in the morning of the fog in the dawn sun, drink wine, ride all the same on electric bike on the country paths, but how much can you still do!

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