Instagram is the most popular social media platform among lovers of photography. You can use it to post photos, share travel stories and use the researching tools to find new places.
It has become part of our daily life and affects our choices about where we go. This is why the Instawalk was created in Florence, journeys through the unusual, lesser-known or particularly photogenic places in the city. These events are organised into specific days with a general theme that takes photographers and Instagram addicts along a journey of image.
If you don’t get the chance to go to any of these events, do not worry, here you can find some of the most Instagram-worthy places in Florence. (Forgive us, Dante!)
Piazza della Repubblica is one of the main piazzas in the city. Here you are surrounded by cafes and cake shops which would have been the place to find artists and writer. In the centre, there is the early 20th-century carousel with small horses and carriages. In the background is the great Arc de Triomph, which Florentines affectionately call the Arcone. You can simply add a couple of filters to your photo to give this place the appearance and charm of the previous centuries and to keep the image of the past.
Villa Bardini is one of the most popular places among art and landscape lovers. Its panoramic position offers an almost birds-eye-view of Florence. From here you will recognise the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio and the bell tower from afar. Not forgetting the fountains, the baroque staircase of the Italian garden and the lush English wood, particularly magical during the wisteria season. The pergola which leads to the Loggia del Belvedere is a charming place where you can admire all shades of flowers. From lilac to mauve, from violet to light pink.
Of all of the places where you can enjoy a breath-taking panoramic view, the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio is one of the most beautiful. Nintey-five metres up you can admire a panorama over the city from different points of view. Take advantage of all of the sides of the tower and don’t forget the small crack from which you can admire the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
Who said viewing points were only beautiful once you get to the top? Giotto’s bell tower is one of the buildings which rises upwards and seems to get lost in the infinite sky. Look around from the bottom to the top, focussing on the details and the colours of the marble of the imposing building. The white, the green and the red have never been so spectacular.
Known as one of the most beautiful bridges in Italy and one of the most elegant in Europe, Ponte Santa Trinita has ancient origins and the current appearance is from a 1958 remodel. The original was destroyed during the Second World War. From here you can see the colours reflected on the Arno and the rays of sun that cross the bridge.
Once you’ve crossed the Ponte Santa Trinita you can easily get to piazza Santo Spirito. The heart of Oltrano and the Bohemian centre of Florence is one of the most visited piazzas by Florence residents for the antique market which takes place on the second Sunday of the month. Here, among old advertising signs, tin toys and coloured hats, it’s impossible not to give in and take a few vintage snapshots.
The San Lorenzo Market is one of the unmissable places during a visit to Florence. You can start to browse through the outdoor stalls smelling of leather goods and then continue into the large iron and glass building, constructed in 1874 by architect Mengoni. Once there you will be captivated by the tastes of local cured meats and cheeses and you can try to capture the richness of Tuscan cuisine in one image.
The Boboli Gardens are also an unmissable part of the city. They are the biggest gardens in the city and once belonged to the Medici family. Here you can spend hours admiring and photographing statues, sculptures, fountains and caves. Every corner of this garden is the perfect place to take a photo, although the most popular is the large statue of Tindaro Screpolato. To get to this huge bronze sculpture by Igor Mitoraj, go via the Prato dei Castagni, pose and smile!
To describe the market in a few words: it’s a sparkle of colours and smells. The fragrant freshly-bake bread, the little shops selling cured meat, Tuscan cheese, vegetables, fruit and fresh pasta.
This is one of the most popular piazzas among Florentines and a place where different events take place, especially during the summer. You will find yourself among many street artists, or immersed in a flea market of artisan craftsmen intent on working leather or creating musical instruments.