I made the point in my last blog–I am returning to Florence. The two-hour trip to Florence from the Port of Livorno where our ship was docked, and the two-hour trip back, seriously sucked up what little time we had to enjoy the legendary Renaissance city.
Our first act upon arrival was to plot out our plan of attack, which we did over café lattes and scrumptious Italian pastries. Why suffer? I really, really hate to eliminate treasures, however. Florence is where the birth of the Renaissance took place and is chock full of art.
The Uffizi Gallery alone, with its world-class art including masterpieces by Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci, would take up half out time. Beyond that we plotted out a walk that would take us to the Duomo Basilica and then back to Santo Croce Basilica, where we were to catch our bus. Sadly, I crossed off the Accademia Gallery, which includes Michelangelo’s original David.
But not to worry… there was a magnificent copy of David in front of the Uffizi Gallery in Piazza della Signoria. It was in this square, BTW, that the infamous priest Savonarola (1452-98) held his ‘Bonfire of Vanities’ and encouraged the good citizens of Florence to bring their art treasures and books to be burned. Somewhat ironically, Savonarola, who was quite vain in his own way, was also burned in the square.
They didn’t allow photos to be taken in the Uffizi Gallery, but when we came out, a short walk took us to Florence’s most famous bridge, the Ponte Vecchio.
NEXT BLOG: We will visit two of Florence’s great churches: the Duomo and Santa Croce. Prepare to be dazzled.
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Lovely post, Curt! Brought back memories of a trip here some years back. 😉
Such a wonderful post… I love the image of your wife with her guy / David. 🙂
My wife is laughing. Right after we got married, I got her a David light switch cover with the switch appropriately located… 🙂 It was all for the sake of art, of course.
Hahahahahah!!!!! Oh I love it. I bet Michelangelo never thought his hoo-hah would be lighting up entire spaces. 🙂
Love these shots.. the architecture reminds me of New Orleans especially the colored shutters.. Yes, that shot of Peggy is priceless..love it 🙂
I think New Orleans may be our most European city.
Yep, Peggy loves David. (grin)
I remember my first visit to Florence where I had to be dragged away form David…..nothing had prepared me for the sculptures in Florence….and I was as fascinated as the first time. If I could afford it, I would cover our 5 acres with the appropriate LARGE sculptures!
Be interesting to see the reactions of the neighbors and wildlife. 🙂
Curt, these are wonderful photos. And I too love the pic of Peggy and David! 🙂 I think we both took shots of similar subjects, but your photos of Giambologna’s sculpture is waaaaay better than anything we managed to snap. ~Terri
Thanks Terri. Peggy and I have made it to Watson Lake on our way back south from Alaska. Wi-Fi is off and on, so to speak. But I am amazed that they even have it in some of the places we have been. –Curt