Florence – Days Four and Five

From Rome we took the train to Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region of Italy and the center of the Renaissance period. It was the birthplace of both Michealangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. If you love art, Florence is overflowing with it! It is beautiful and romantic and full of great food and people.

One of the quaint, narrow streets of Florence. It seems like we walked through half of the city though we really didn’t see all that we wanted to!
Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), the oldest of Florence’s six bridges spanning the Arno River.
Best pizza eva! Made even better with a Moretti beer on the side.
A fountain of Neptune in the Piazza della Signoria (dated 1575).
A copy of Michealangelo’s David. We saw the original in the Accademia museum but weren’t allowed to take photos so this is the best we have. This one is in the Piazza della Signoria, where the original was initially placed in 1504. Seeing the real masterpiece was overwhelming. It is such a beautiful sculpture.
There are so many little cars in Italy! I think I can count the number of SUVs we saw on one hand. This is a delivery truck. Must have to make a lot of trips.
One of our best meals of the trip. We waited until 9:45 to eat at this restaurant because it was recommended by our hotel and one of our guide books. Boy was it worth the wait!
This is one of the family members who owns the restaurant, Antonio Fagioli. His father started the eatery in the 60’s. He was so kind and generous!
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, or the Duomo as it is more commonly called was completed in 1436. This is the defining building of Florence’s skyline. The exterior has pink and green marble paneled sections, giant bronze doors with scenes of the Madonna and statues of the apostles in niches. The interior, while not as impressive as St. Peter’s in Rome, is quite grand. The dome is considered to be an engineering marvel. It is the largest brick/masonry dome ever constructed.
The inside of the dome, painted by several artists using different techniques.
The clock above the entrance on the inside of the church. It was designed in 1443 by Paolo Uccello in accordance with the ora italica, where the 24th hour of the day ended at sunset… and it still works!
OK, so I was wrong. Another photo of Deano in a church pew!
Standing in front of the GIANT doors of the Basilica of Santa Croce (Holy Cross), rebuilt for the Franciscan order in 1294. This is the burial place of Michaelangelo, Machiavelli, Gallileo and others.
Enjoying the Florence sunshine while eating lunch in the Piazza Santa Croce.
We got an Abbey Road vibe from this crossing so we were just being silly. Wrong country, we know, but same continent!
Gelato! I think we had gelato all but one day of the whole trip. Deelicious!
Beautiful view of the city skyline from the Piazzale Michelangelo.