Silent and stunning, the first two words that popped into my mind while walking down the cobblestone streets in Florence Italy. Sunrise brought this renaissance city to life, but not before I had a chance to beat the crowds and summer heat.
Spencer and I spent three glorious days in Florence this past fourth of July weekend. On our second day we set out early from our apartment with hopes of getting photographs of the Piazza del Duomo without tons of tourists clogging the Cathedral views and surrounding historic scenes.
Even if you are not a morning person, like Spencer, (see above picture) it is worth waking up around sunrise to see Florence in its entire splendor. I took each of these pictures below with my Canon EOS Rebel T4i camera. I hope you enjoy my early morning photo tour of Florence.
It was incredible to have the streets to ourselves. Within an hour of this picture being taken huge crowds started to gather in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Baptistery.
Last time I visited Florence I had to battle for space around the famous Baptistery doors, Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise. This time Spencer and I marveled at these reproductions in peace and without other tourists’ cameras hitting our shoulders.
By the time we finished our morning photo tour it was time for a cappuccino. Caffe il Sole is one of my favorite stops while in Florence.