|Scott and I pose at the top|
|Giotto's Campanile seen from the roof of|
|You can get a good sense of the steep narrow stairs looking|
down at Honoree descending.
|Another view further down with lots of graffiti visable|
|The view upwards from the balcony shows the perspective necessary to|
view from below.
|The exterior is covered with marble in various|
shades of green and pink bordered by white.
|The facade of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo)|
|Piazza della Signoria with the Palazzo|
Vecchio in the distance
|The Baptistery completes Piazza del Duomo|
|Fountain of Neptune by Bartolomeo|
Ammannati in 1565
|The San Lorenzo Market - a colorful open air market in a|
beautiful cathedral like building, built of glass and steel
|Like Lucca, leather goods are famous here.|
|Everyone wears scarfs in Europe. I bought four of them in|
various locations and have vowed to keep wearing them
even after returning home.
|The Fontana del Porcellino - You put a coin in the boar's|
mouth and let go, If it falls intothe grate below on it's
own, it's good luck.
|The first courtyard of the Palazzo Vecchio, the Town Hall|
Michelangelo's David is reason enough to visit the Accademia Museum although the Bottacelli Madonna and Child and Madonna and the Sea cap off the experience.
The Uffizi really requires much more than the two hours we gave it. But honestly I prefer to go many times to a musuem rather than try to spend more time than that. The building itself was designed as a municipal office building in 1560 and later became the repository for the Medici family art collection. The list of treasures here is immense but my favorites are Bottacelli's Primavera, Rembrandt's Self Portrait as a Young Man and Da Vinci's Annunciation.
We couldn't get enough of the views along the Arno river and the Ponte Vecchio. The water was so still the reflections were perfect. Two women rowed by in their shell making complex patterns in the water behind them.
We just snacked during the day so no recommendations on where to eat, although getting away from the Duomo and museums is a good idea. Restaurants far away from the tourist area are always a better value.
|The shops on the bridge were once butchers but now|
|One of the corridors in the Uffizi|
|I had to take these pictures surreptitiously.|
|We saw scullers and rowers frequently on our trip.|
|Basilica of Santa Croce, burial place of Michelangelo,|
Galileo, Machiavelli and Rossini, among others.
|A riveting statue of Dante in the Piazza di|
Sante Croce looking bitter at being
exiled from Florence.