Photo Essay: Impressions from Florence

This photo essay doesn’t really need an introduction: I was in Florence last week, and yes, it was a dream. It was my first time there and was so thrilled to finally see all the famous art and architecture in person. The weather was perfectly springtime-y, I had gelato every day, I took way too many photo of pretty lanterns, and I visited all the churches, museums, and cloisters.

This trip was exactly was I needed after a long German winter: Feeling the surprisingly strong spring sunshine on my skin, drinking late-night espressi, and reanimating my love for art which I sadly sometimes forget in my day to day life.

Julika in Florence, Italy

I’ll write more about my time in Florence soon, but first I’ll share my best photos! I know, I swore to take less photos this year, but honestly, there were so many pretty (and delicious!) things about Florence and I just had to take a few hundred, okay, 900 photos during my time there — and these photos are the ones I like best:

The view from Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, Italy Florence being picture-perfect at dusk

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Fruit shops in narrow streets 

Florence, Italy Shadow plays of the mysterious Vasari corridor 

Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy Springtime in the Boboli Gardens

The Bardini Gardens offer the most pretty view over Florence, Italy View from the Bardini Gardens 

Florence, Italy
Golden Hour by the Duomo 

Florence, Italy
Find the Duomo I: Bardini Gardens Edition

Pasta in Florence, Italy
Mushroom-stuffed ravioli with truffle sauce — so good! 

Florence, Italy
Golden Hour street scenes 

Coffee in Florence, Italy One crazy expensive espresso, but with a view of Piazza della Signoria 

Florence, Italy
Find the Duomo II: Narrow Street Edition

Laundry day in Florence, Italy
Other people’s laundry is always way prettier than mine 

Julika in Florence, Italy
An art historian with a view

Florence, Italy
Evening light by the Arno River 

The prettiest presentation of a caprese salad in Florence, Italy Italian buffalo mozzarella is all I need to be happy 

Florence, Italy
Lamp love, shadow love 

Michelangelo's David in Florence, Italy Meeting the most handsome man in town on my Walks of Italy tour

Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy
Santa Maria Novella from the inside (and Masaccio’s famous Trinity on the left!)

Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy
Boboli Gardens and Palazzo Pitti in the back 

Coffee in Florence, Italy
Cappuccino and a ricotta-filled flaky dough pastry (sadly I don’t know the name of it, but it was good!)

Julika's casual sightseeing look in Florence, Italy, in March: Black mini skirt and tights combined with a chambray shirt and a down vest and sneakers.
Morning light in the cloisters of San Lorenzo 

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Arno reflections 

Titian in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy Titian’s beautiful Venus seen on my amazing Uffizi tour 

The dome of the Duomo can be seen peeking through in so many of the little old streets in Florence! Find the Duomo III: Pretty Lamp Edition 

Leather market in Florence, Italy
The leather market (aka heaven for souvenir addicts) 

Light lunch in Florence, Italy
Light lunches are better with buffalo mozzarella 

Florence, Italy
The most famous bridge 

Gelato in Florence, Italy
Gelato looks just extra pretty in narrow little streets, don’t you think?

Florence, Italy
The joy of finding such an Italian scene among all the tourists 

A classical "Ristorante" sign in Florence, Italy Shutters and signs and shadows

Florence, Italy
Find the Duomo IV: I-need-that-little-balcony-Edition

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Literally surrounded by art

Breakfast in Florence, Italy
“Cappuccino” and “cornetto” are my favorite words in Italian

Florence, Italy Bike and street art and yellow houses

Florence, Italy
Forever obsessing about those lamps 

Gelato in Florence, Italy I prefer my nail polish matching my gelato

Florence, Italy
Find the Duomo V: Advanced Edition 

Florence, Italy
Under the Tuscan sunset

Cappuccino in Florence, Italy
Coffee on the counter, as you do

Florence, Italy
From Piazzale Michelangelo 

Have you been to Florence?
Which photo do you think depicts the city best? 


  • Beautiful photos as always, Julika! Also, you write the best captions 🙂 🙂

    PS- Cappuccino and cornetto are my favorite words in Italian too!

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks Amanda! Doesn’t any food’s name sound better in Italian?! 🙂

  • Kathi

    This made me smile. Sooo pretty. Looks like you had a great time.

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks Kathi! Sunshine + art + gelato definitely are the ingredients I need for a great time 🙂

  • Amy

    I studied abroad in Florence while I was in college, and I think your pictures capture so much of the city — not just the sights, but the feeling of contentment from being there, the unique glow of sunshine on that perfect Italian architecture… oh, to be there again!

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks so much, Amy! I totally see why you would miss this place so much — what a gorgeous city!

  • Eva

    Beautiful photos! That street art is just heartwarmingly cute! May I ask what lenses you use?

    • JulikaSarah

      Thanks Eva! I saw similar street art all over Florence — so cute!
      I brought a 50mm f1.8 and a 18 -105 lens to Florence with me. The 18 – 105 is actually just a better kit lens, but it’s a great lens for travel, because can cover so much!

  • Lovely photo essay – the food and architecture are both so gorgeous!

    • JulikaSarah

      Thank you, Polly! I can’t even decide if I like the view of Italian food or architecture better 🙂

  • Ahhh, I love Florence – one of the loveliest cities in the world, I think! Also, Carapina gelato is amazing, and I’m totally craving it after seeing your photo!

    • JulikaSarah

      Agreed Laura! I miss that gelato already!

  • Why would you ever swear to take less photos?!?! hehe. You look super cute in the first pic! Ugh I miss Europe!

    • JulikaSarah

      I know right? My poor external hard drive though 🙂 And please come back to Europe!

  • j j holland

    bellissimo.. anello di fidanzamento?

    • JulikaSarah

      My mother’s wedding ring actually 🙂