So here we are, beginning a new year, and here I am, about to present you with some of the heraldry that can be found in that jewel of the Renaissance, Florence, Italy. We were fortunate enough to have been able to spend nearly five full days in Florence last September. It’s a beautiful city, full of art, full of people, full of tourists! And full of heraldry. No, really! There were very few places we went in central Florence where we did not see a coats of arms. (And I’m pretty sure that at least one of them was really an alley and not a street.) We walked down some streets where it was easier for one of us to walk down one side taking pictures of the heraldry on the other side, while the other one walked down that side taking pictures of the coats of arms on the first side, there was so much to see and photograph.
And our introduction to heraldry in Florence began at the entrance to our hotel.