Snapshots from Italy, Framed

Above and below: Beloved Florence, Italy, as framed from the inside of the Duomo, during a climb to the very top of the cupola. Above: The river Arno framed by the Ponte Vecchio’s architecture. Below: Beautiful Verona. Finding inspiration inside the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence For the coming months, while crafting new content, Prayers and Piazzas will…

A Historically Proud City

I keep expecting to tire of reading about Renaissance Florence, but thus far, that hasn’t happened. After writing my recent post on Renaissance reads, I was inspired to start the biography Leonardo: The Artist and the Man by Serge Bramly. Just a couple of chapters in, Bramly sets the stage of Florence at the time when…

Sunshine, Shadows, Lemon Trees, Medici

The peaceful garden of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, in the golden light of a perfect fall day in Florence. Five quick facts about the palazzo: 1. The palazzo was commissioned by Cosimo the Elder — founder of the Medici bank and the patriarch of the political dynasty — in 1444. 2. An early design by…

Favorite Snapshots Across the Years: The Florence Edition

Florence makes my heart beat fast. For reasons which I’ve never fully understood, I feel actual love for this city, cradle of the Renaissance. I can’t get enough of it when I’m there; I ache for it when I’m gone. When in Florence, I rise with the sun and wander the streets just for the…

Snapshots from Florence: The Ponte Vecchio

Il Ponte Vecchio “Water under the bridge” is a common English saying. In Italian one would say acqua passata non macina più, literally translated as water gone no longer roils. Regardless the language, the water under this famous bridge is the river Arno, which it has spanned for centuries. The Ponte Vecchio is one of my…

Snapshots from Italy, Framed

Above and below: Beloved Florence, Italy, as framed from the inside of the Duomo, during a climb to the very top of the cupola.   Above: The river Arno framed by the Ponte Vecchio’s architecture. Below: Beautiful Verona.   Finding inspiration inside the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence   Posted today in response to The Daily Post’s photo…

Morning in Firenze

One thing I love best to do when visiting a busy city is to wake up with the sun and take to the streets while they are free of travelers and traffic. Here’s a few snapshots from Florence this morning, while the others slept and the sun’s rays were still gentle. Taken from the Ponte…

Breathtaking Florence

Never miss the chance to peek down an alley (un vicolo). Breathtaking beauty often awaits. Photo by Prayers and Piazzas near the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Dreamy Florence

Peace, love, and Florence. Photo of Ponte Santa Trinita` by Prayers and Piazzas.

Snapshots from Florence: Palazzo Davanzati

Just down the street from my favorite street market in Florence (Mercato Nuovo) is a lovely, although unassuming, building which I was trying to locate. It seemed to be hiding in plain sight, and I walked past it several times. I suppose after a few luxurious days in Florence, I had grown accustomed to buildings adorned…