Back from Florence and I think my 12th trip to Italy. I have left my heart and my soul in Italy. Every time I go there I feel like I am going home. It’s something special about Italy. It’s simply too beautiful where you can find everything you need and make your soul sing... It’s like a museum under the open sky. Every little place is a piece of magic with its own history. Every time I go there I wanna stay there forever.

I am posting my photographs with Florence like postcards so that you could better feel the beauty of this magical place. I have also included the most famous quotes about Florence and Italy as I guess I am not alone feeling this way..

All photos are available as high resolution files. If you would like to use these pics for your own projects, please feel free to drop me a note.
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another link for the Florence pictures.

"Have you been dreaming about Italy?  You're not alone..."

 “Even now I miss Italy dearly, I dream about it every night.” (Eila Hiltunen)

“I realize my life in here is much richer than I ever could have imagined. [Why one Canadian immigrant to Italy stays]” 
(Ivanka Di Felice, A Zany Slice of Italy)

“The most stylish country in the world is Italy.” (Nick Rhodes)

"For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery." (D.H. Lawrence)

“If you can’t live longer, live deeper.” (Italian saying)

“No matter where I've been overseas, the greatest joy was moving into Italy. Italy has changed me, for the better.” 
― Efrat Cybulkiewicz

“Tell me about
your Italian journey
I am not ashamed
I wept in that country
beauty touched me
I was a child once more
in the womb of that country
I wept
I am not ashamed
I have tried to return to paradise” 
(Tadeusz Różewicz, They Came to See a Poet)

"Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life." (Anna Akhmatova)

"You may have the Universe if I may have Italy." (Giuseppe Verdi)

 “One of the great joys of traveling through Italy is discovering firsthand that it is, indeed, a dream destination.” (Debra Levinson)

"What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago."(Erica Jong)

“I think people in Italy live their lives better than we do. It’s an older country, and they’ve learned to celebrate dinner and lunch, whereas we sort of eat as quickly as we can to get through it.” (George Clooney)

“Italy will never be a normal country. Because Italy is Italy. If we were a normal country, we wouldn’t have Rome. We wouldn’t have Florence. We wouldn’t have the marvel that is Venice.”(Matteo Renzi)

“I love places that have an incredible history. I love the Italian way of life. I love the food. I love the people. I love the attitudes of Italians.” (Elton John)

“Tonight I watched the sun set at Ponte Vecchio. I think its safe to say I have finally found the place that feels right to me. I just can't believe I had to come halfway across the world to find it.” (Jenna Evans Welch)

"The Italian city is like a living museum, where every street, alley, and building is full of history. It's also full of incredible food, art, and culture.
It's a jewel in Europe that everyone should visit at least once." (Business Insider)

“Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.” (Bertrand Russell)

“ there anywhere in the world as full of beauty as Italy?”  (Natalia Sanmartín Fenollera)

“I love places that have an incredible history. I love the Italian way of life. I love the food. I love the people. I love the attitudes of Italians.” (Elton John)

“This is my Italy, she thought. The power and beauty of the antiquities, the detailed frescos, the imposing statuaries carved of milk white granite, Don Martinelli's hammered gold chalice, the glorious tones of the music, the Italy of Puccini and Verdi, Caruso and Toscanini, not the Italy of the shattered spirits in Hoboken and the drunken, desperate Anna Buffa. This was the Italy that fed her soul, where hope was restored and broken hearts were mended in the hands of great artists.”  (Adriana Trigiani, The Shoemaker's Wife)

"Breathe Florence and feel your soul singing..." (Edita Ruzgas)

Florence is charming, cozy, beautiful, inspiring - it has so many great places to go to and so many unique things to see that you won't find anywhere else! (Edgardo Osorio)

“In America, one must be something, but in Italy one can simply be.” (Pietros Maneos)

"Condé Nast Traveler recently released the results of its Reader's Choice Awards, and Florence, Italy, was named the best city in the world by travelers." (Business Insider)

"Florence has long been perceived as one of Italy's most enchanting cities. And it's easy to see why, with some of the most famous art in the world (by Michelangelo, Botticelli, et al) on display, a beautifully romantic setting, shopping aplenty and superb Tuscan food. What's more, if you feel like exploring further, you can be deep in lovely Chianti countryside in less than half an hour." (Conde Nást Traveller)

"For years Italy has been one of the most popular travel destinations for tourists from the world over. Culture, beauty, food, history, this small European country has it all and the reasons to visit Italy are endless." (chasingthe

"Florence is one of the most charming cities in Italy, full of history, art and beautiful architecture, all with a small town feel. Although Florence may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of Italy, it will definitely be one of your favourites after you’ve visited and it will keep you coming back to experience its beauty, mystery and laid back lifestyle." (The Culture Trip)

"Every corner you turn has a new story, an interesting fun fact and a gorgeous building or piece of art that cannot be missed." (The Culture Trip about Florence)

"Florence is home to one of the most famous art galleries in the world, where many Renaissance masterpieces are housed. Hundreds of thousands of people visit Florence every year just to see the famous pieces by historical artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Botticelli, Giotto and Titian, just to name a few." (The Culture Trip)

"Florence has amazing secrets to uncover and the best part is that it is very well preserved city, where you will feel like you’ve been put back in time." (The Culture Trip)

"...everywhere you look you will see Gothic and Renaissance period architecture and can appreciate how the city makes a great effort to keep its authentic look, even with newer or renovated buildings." (The Culture Trip)

"Florence has always been full of artists... Over the generations of artists passing down their craft and the city’s existing creative reputation, artistic people have flocked to Florence from all over the world due to the creative energy that the city seems to emit so effortlessly. From street artists and painters, to jewellery and fashion designers..." (The Culture Trip)

"The flavours of the high quality ingredients make all the difference in the food and you will definitely be wowed with the care and passion that goes into each dish you eat while here." (The Culture Trip)