2013/10/08

forte di belvedere | florence

Forte di Belvedere Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Some weekends ago we went to visit the newly reopened Forte di Belvedere. It had been 14 years since I was there the last time, so I wasn't really sure how to get there and thus took the safe solution and googled some routes.

We jumped on bus 12 and got of at the bus stop called Galilei 03, from where we would have to walk down Via di San Leonardo and finally reach the Fortress. It turned out to be a really beautiful walk with lots of pastel colored houses and olive trees full of olives pending out on the street.

We started our visit by having a light lunch in the outdoor lounge cafe. Nothing fancy, but a really nice place, where I can imagine a drink or an aperitif in the late afternoon would be just perfect.

The view from Forte di Belvedere is almost as beautiful as the one from Piazzale Michelangelo. To one side you have the Duomo and the city below you, and to the other side you have the gorgeous Tuscan landscapes.  Unfortunately I didn't have many photo opportunities as we went in the middle of the day and the light was really too much.

We took another way down towards the center. Once we left the fortress we took the street which runs along Villa Bardini. It's a beautiful road with lots of classic Italian photo opportunities (little side streets, beautiful facades, old doors, laundry and Vespas!)

Here is a mix of photos from the fortress, from Via di San Leonardo and from the trip back down to the center of Florence.

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Forte di Belvedere Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Forte di Belvedere Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Forte di Belvedere Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

Forte di Belvedere Florence © Birgitte Brøndsted

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