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5000 piece puzzle of Florence

A few years ago I put together a 5000 piece puzzle and I swore I’d never do it again.  Not only does it take too long, but at some point it stops being fun.  But, in February I was looking on ebay (a wonderful place to get puzzles) and saw this beautiful puzzle of Florence, Italy.  We were finalizing or trip to Italy, so I bought it.  And started piecing it together in February.  And did not put the last piece in place until last night.  October 24.  Obviously I took time off here and there, but still…  I’m never doing another 5000 piece puzzle again.  Really.

A special thanks to those of you who came by the house and took the time to put in a piece or two.  It may have taken me another month to finish without you!

5000 piece puzzles are expensive and I’m willing to give this puzzle away, but I won’t pay for shipping.  Once I put it back in the box I’ll weigh it so you have an idea how much it may cost to mail.  If you are interested, let me know.

EDIT-I’ve mailed this on to South Africa.

October 25, 2008 - Posted by | FREE, Photos | , , , ,


  1. Wow! I’m impressed. I love jigsaw puzzles but I’ve never tackled one that big. I will work on one until my back hurts, though.

    I will work til by back aches too, but not this time. Because it was so big it was easy to pace myself.

    Comment by bermudaonion | October 25, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hi! I’m not really sure how I got here here but weirdly enough I live in Florence and love jigsaw puzzles -I did a huge one (9000 pieces) in a couple of years and of course I also swore I’d never do that again. But I admit it’s quite addictive and eventually I’ll start another one soon! ;o)Ciao!

    Welcome! I cannot even imagine trying a 9000 piece puzzle, although when I see them I’m always tempted 🙂 Florence is a wonderful city. We were only there for 3 days, but had great adventures.

    Comment by koivulumi | October 25, 2008 | Reply

  3. Wow! The puzzle is beautiful. You have such patience and perserverance. I think my contribution was two or three pieces, but even that gave me an appreciation of how much work is involved in a 5,000 piece puzzle.

    Trust me, when I got to the last 500 pieces of blue it took every ounce of patience I had. And every piece counts 🙂

    Comment by jb | October 25, 2008 | Reply

  4. Good job Stacy! It is a great looking puzzle. When I was a kid, I used to do some small ones with my dad and he always transfer them on a frame to glue them so I will have a souvenir of them. It could look nice.

    If I framed every puzzle the house would be wall to wall framed puzzles.

    Comment by virginie | October 26, 2008 | Reply

  5. Just say the word next time you have a hankering and we’ll remind you to stay under 1,000 pieces! 😉

    p.s. I love puzzles!

    My husband would appreciate that. He thinks I’m crazy 🙂

    Comment by Elena | October 26, 2008 | Reply

  6. Wow, I didn’t know there are such large puzzles. I am calling my 16×16 puzzle itself as “Extreme” on our website. What should I call a 5000 piece puzzle!

    Comment by JigsawBreak | October 27, 2008 | Reply

  7. haha. problem is they are addictive. try the 24,000 piece by Educa. Makes a great mural, and is done in 1000 piece blocks so won’t drive you insane. trouble is not your sanity but the wall space.

    Do not tempt me. They are too addicting. Of course, here in Cleveland we have lots of snow days…perfect for puzzling!

    Comment by Kenneth | October 28, 2008 | Reply

  8. I love puzzles and you know what I commend you for finishing that, In order to finish that you must have a lot of patience and focus. I think I am going to try 24,000 piece by Educa and try my luck or should I say patience.

    I cannot even imagine trying anything so large. Good luck!

    Comment by Puzzles Teasers | November 16, 2008 | Reply

  9. I love jigsaw puzzles and this one looks very nice. Recently I bought one 5000 piece puzzle, but I haven’t started it yet, because I have to finish another one made of 3000 pieces.

    Comment by chameleon | January 13, 2011 | Reply

  10. I love this puzzle and had already done it once! Messed up the puzzle by trying to glue it onto a coffee table though! And now I am absolutely desperate to get hold of this puzzle again! Have you sold it yet? I will buy it off you and have no problem paying for shipping… Hope you still use this site!

    Comment by Kitty Van Zijl | April 5, 2011 | Reply

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  12. My dad was really into puzzles and I still have a few he put together and mounted. My mother’s house is full of them–I swear it’s practically the only artwork on her walls.

    Comment by Literary Feline | January 7, 2014 | Reply

  13. I can’t believe you got so many hits on this post (and I missed it initially) LOL Very cool

    Comment by Diane@BibliophilebytheSea | January 7, 2014 | Reply

  14. My brother and I send puzzles back and forth to each other as challenges!

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk | January 7, 2014 | Reply

  15. Gorgeous puzzle! My parents put one together that was that large when I was a kid and they glued it together. My dad made a custom frame for it and it hung over our sofa for years. It was also a puzzle of an exotic location.

    Comment by thetruebookaddict | January 8, 2014 | Reply

  16. 5000 pieces? Holy cow! I throw a fit about 1000. MostlyI stick to 500-750. Whatever size, they are great entertainment. And thanks for the tip on getting puzzles from ebay.

    Comment by Tami | January 8, 2014 | Reply

  17. I don’t remember this post! Maybe I wasn’t around in 2008? But what fun! I would love to do a 5,000 piece puzzle! (once, anyway… LOL)

    Comment by rhapsodyinbooks | January 8, 2014 | Reply

  18. I can’t imagine doing massive puzzles like this with a kid in the house! Maybe in another couple decades? Although DH doesn’t really like puzzles, so I might just stick to fiber arts if I’m going to have to do it alone. 🙂

    Comment by Word Lily | January 8, 2014 | Reply

  19. Lovely puzzle I go through phases when I really get into doing puzzles and then nothing for a year or two. My limit is 2000, that’s frustrating enough lol

    Comment by Teddyree | January 9, 2014 | Reply

  20. Love me some puzzles!

    Comment by Heather | January 9, 2014 | Reply

  21. Hi
    I have the same puzzle in my room but never have the time (and the place) to finish it.
    Great job!
    I found the pink part is hard
    Kind regards for France

    Comment by FloG | January 24, 2016 | Reply

    • It was big! I had to tape some cardboard around the edge of my tableto finish it!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 24, 2016 | Reply

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