How many of you use programs like The Photographer's Ephemeris or VeraClock? These programs along with the compass in my iPhone are critical in planning photos in advance for sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset photos. I spent a good bit of time before traveling to Italy going through where we were going to visit and using these programs to find out where and when I wanted to be for a good sunrise/sunset shot. I used it for the Coliseum, St Peter's Basilica (didn't get one there), Duomo (we were only in Florence for one morning so I picked Ponte Vecchio instead) and of course here Ponte Vecchio. Of course I used it throughout while we were in Rome and Florence as we walked around and I saw potential locations. If you're going to be traveling, take a look at these programs (or others) and use them to plan your best shots.
This is the Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence. I made a point of getting up early to catch this sunrise. Unfortunately, it was a cloudless day so the sun is VERY strong. Also I think I got this shot off a bit too late as the sun made its way over the buildings. I started this shoot with my my Super Wide Angle Tokina 11-16 lens and once I got several shots, I switched to my 24-105L lens, which is what I took this shot with. All of this happened within a two minute timeframe. This is a reminder of how short a time you have to get sunrise and sunset shots like this. I have several other shots in this area with nice Golden Hour light that I'll post later.