It is a beautiful display of nature. In truth, the formations exists because highly fluid molten basalt mixed with chalk beds 50 to 60 million years ago. As the lava cooled contractions of the rock fractured, leaving the pillar like structures you see in the video below. But maybe – just maybe – there is a different reason altogether …
The far more entertaining explanation for the causeway is told through a legend of how a giant named Finn McCool once lived there. Many of the scenic displays are given names based on Finn’s life such as the Giant’s Shoe, The Giants Organ, and the tall basalt columns on the peak of a cliff known as his chimney. Check out the video below about Finn’s story!
We love how Florence is able to provide so many things to see and do into a town that very much feels like a part of the Tuscany countryside. The only downside is the mega crowds and lines you may have to contend with to see the immense collection of art and architecture.
We started our tour with a stroll over the Ponte Alle Grazie and walked through an array of beautiful sculptures filling every corner of the open air square at Loggia de Lanzi.
There is truly no end to the sites and art to see in Florence, from the Accademia which holds Michelangelo’s David (which is so much larger in real life than I had imagined), to the Birth of Venus in the Uffizi Gallery, you will be sure to check of a large chunk of your bucket list in this town.