Florence - Day 1

It been a few months since I've been able to post, but rest assured, I have quite a bit of material to cover in the near future. That's because last month I was able to travel internationally for the first time in almost a decade, spending a fantastic week and a half in the Tuscany region of Italy with my wife and parents. This post will be the first of many detailing some of the amazing locations we were able to visit and the images I captured along the way.

Our journey began in Florence, after arriving on a short connecting flight from Rome. We were able to stay in a beautiful apartment in the heart of downtown only a few blocks from many well-known locations.

Florence, Tuscany, Italy | Reid Burchell Photography

Easily one of my favorite aspects of being in Florence was simply meandering around the streets taking in the sights (...and stumbling upon some great brews from the Brew Dog Craft Beer Bar). The historic architecture, vibrant storefronts, and the wide variety of people of different ages and cultural backgrounds made for ample street photo opportunities.


We made it to many of the main attractions during our time in Florence, and on the first day we did get the chance to visit both the Piazza della Signoria and the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore.

The Piazza della Signoria (which is overlooked by the Palazzo Vecchio) was on our way to many other locations, so we often found ourselves walking though several times during the day. The piazza was always a bustle of activity, between locals traveling through, people eating lunch, and plenty of other tourists like ourselves gawking at the sights.

Modern Sculpture in the Piazza

Palazzo Vecchio Façade with a Replica of Michaelangelo's David

The Duomo (the Italian word for a cathedral church) was was certainly as impressive as advertised. Both the exterior and interior were unlike any church I'd ever been in, with the level of detail a clear indication of the amount of time and effort that must have gone into making it the crown jewel of the city.

Exterior of the Florence Cathedral

Interior Dome of the Florence Cathedral

That's it for the first day of the trip. Check back in soon for more posts!

For other posts in my Italy series, see below: