Tuesday, it must be Pisa and Florence
Pretty amazing this has held together!
Galileo's theories must be wrong
Proof positive we were there
View of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo
(Signoria/Palazzo Vecchio at left, Giotto's slender belltower and Brunelleschi's enormous octagonal dome at center)
Ponte Vecchio (1345) over the Arno. It was the only bridge over the river to survive WWII.
Brunelleschi's dome was world's largest when built (1436)
Alfredo, our driver's son, served as guide...
Roman wall to my left
Ponte Vecchio, home to many jewelers' shops
Amazing: we traversed Ponte Vecchio is about five minutes
Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio (1299-1302) today serves as Florence's town hall.
And we spent time looking for...what?
Mascara ain't cheap in Florence
Interesting gelateria decoration
What is Vermeer doing in Florence?
Where Pop Pop's Grandmother Mary booked cousin Sharley and us in 1963
When they renovate a building, they erect a...
Alfredo suggests this pizzeria for lunch
Reel Eyetalean Pizza!
Alessandro, our driver and father of Alfredo
Campanile and Duomo. Little known fact: cathedral's red, white and green facade was a late 19th century addition.
Best view of Renaissance Florence is said to be from the top of Campanile's 414 steps (which we did not climb).
Duomo Museum... where Ghiberti's original doors are located
Ghiberti's bronze Doors of Paradise
to Il Duomo's baptistry are copies.
Our brief visit to Florence hardly allowed us time to scratch the surface of the city's trove of art and architecture.
Another entry of Duomo,
The Cathedral of Santa Maria Dei Fiori
We saw these guys giving out traffic tickets
Also in Piazza del Duomo
Walking around Florence
We skipped the long line to Duomo Museum
Shop where Pop Pop purchased marbled paper for his Gach boxes
They copied Pop Pop's idea!
Walking around Florence II
Making sure there is no perception of discrimination
Where would you get the idea they are catering to English speakers?
Finally, walking around Florence III
Success...you found us
Michelangelo's David (1501-1504) at Galleria Dell'Accademia. Three of four of his unfinished Prisoners still struggle to break free from the marble around them.
Much of Florence's art which was originally outdoors, like David, are now inside to avoid degradation by today's polluted air.
We had a pretty good day in Florence, even though Kaila got a little bored
Grammy wants to ride the horsie
last pix in Florence