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Jul 26, 2018 - Day 11 Michelangelo

Academy of Fine Arts has a wonderful collection of Michelangelo sculptures including his most famous one David. The statue was commissioned for the tower of the church but the Pope disapproved of the naked David so he was put inthe town square. Because of the damage caused my weather, pollution and the pidgeons, the original David was moved into the museum and a replica was placed in the square. There were 4 unfinished statues started by Michelangelo. He died before they were completed. The museum named them the Prisoners because they look...

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Jul 25, 2018 - Day 11 Florence

When Florence was a city-state, it was run by the Medici Family. They very rich and very powerful because they were the bankers for the Vatican during the Renaissance. Their palace is in the town square. Many of the buildings in the town square still had their decorations. The buildings were made of brick then covered with plaster and painted. The richer you were the more elaborate the paintings on the front of your home. From there, we walked down a narrow street to the Ponte Vecchio. That bridge has been used for the last 4 centuries.

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May 4, 2018 - Exploring the towns of Lucca and Arezzo

During my one week stay in Florence, I have so far made two day trips by train: the first to Lucca, a walled city in western Tuscany near Pisa, and the second to Arezzo, an ancient Etruscan (before the Romans) city in western Tuscany. The photos probably make Lucca seem more appealing (the one day with blue skies in an otherwise rainy week), but I was totally enchanted by the brooding, medieval atmosphere of Arezzo. Unlike many Tuscan hilltop towns, Lucca is completely flat and surrounded by an elevated 4km city wall. Many visitors walk or...

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Feb 5, 2018 - Florence

Collecting our rental car went way more smoothly than that in Verona and we actually were given what we had ordered 6 months earlier. In fact we gained diesel at no extra charge. This was a good sign. We headed off in our nippy little Fiat Punto through hilly landscapes and small towns in the direction of the Mediterranean and our rental unit at Moneglia, slightly north of the Cinque Terre. A little rain here and there was of no concern just like the road traffic, there was almost none. Stone quarries dominated many of the small villages...

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Feb 5, 2018 - on the road to Florence

Our departure from Verona started off well with an early bus from Piazza Bra. Sadly we overran our rail terminal destination and had to walk a few blocks back to the airport shuttle depot. Not a great start and things didn't get a whole lot better. Davey-o boarded the shuttle through the middle door which upset the ZZ Top look alike driver no end. He shut the door on Gilli-ette which didn't go down well. A driver change with a fresh attitude and all was good. Things were also good at the airport terminal where we picked up our hire car,...

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Oct 16, 2017 - Florence

Last day of trip today. Decided we would do the Renaissance walk as described in Rick Steve's book on Italy, Florence section. Started off by visiting the Duomo Museum. Incredible sculptures by Michaelangelo, Donatello and Bernini among others. Also quite a few paintings and artifacts from the Middle Ages. The two best were Michaelangelo's Pieta and Donatello's Mary Magdeline. The latter carved from white poplar and still in wonderful condition. After the museum we made our way to Palazza Vecchio to see the copy of Michaelangelo's David. I...

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Adriatic Cruise

Oct 15, 2017 - Florence

Up early to catch the 7:00 AM water shuttle from our hotel to the train station to catch our 9:00 AM train. Couldn't see a thing on the 20 minute ride due to very thick fog. Venetians say the fog is a sign that winter is coming. The train travelled at a pedestrian speed of 300 KMH and we arrived in Florence and our hotel around noon. We had an appointed time at 2:15 for admittance to the Accademia to view the statue of David. Lots of other sculptures and art here as well but obviously David was the draw. Being Oct 15 it was not busy and we...

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Oct 3, 2017 - Florence continued

Houses and history. The older part of Florence still looks quite affluent I made a list of the English writers poets and artists. Packed in my case! Elizabeth Browning was one. But from the cemetery and community of houses on the hillside, many more. ...

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Oct 3, 2017 - Back to Florence

Again there are things I would have liked to have done or seen. Queues for Michaelango and ??? were long. Around the corner of the block! Considered going to an opera in an English church, then realised my choice of two pants, chosen for comfort and quick drying, werent exactly opera standard of dress. Still even in overcast weather there is always the hop on hop off bus! And in this caevtwo routes. Lots of public art Florence is beautiful even on an overcast day that stopped the views. So i didnt climb up the famous hill...

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Oct 1, 2017 - Florence

An uneventful train trip, except i had a bit of a concern about accommodation. I had realised this morning that my careful booking had missed a day. Leave venice on 1st, booked into florence on 2nd and 3rd. Whoops! The hotel booked for the next 2 night had only a double room for tonight. Cost equal to the next two nights together. A helpful African Italian in the tourist bureau found me an alternative. A nearby 4 star hotel for less than half the price. It includes a proper breakfast. Helps the budget. Some fruit and one meal will do me...

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Sep 12, 2017 - Florence/Pisa

Again as we did yesterday we gathered and went as a group to meet the tour Sharon had booked. Our drive to Florence took about 90 minutes. Our first stop was Piazza Michelangelo, which is THE place where every van, bus and tourist stops in Florence to get that picturesque, postcard photo of scenic Florence… We hop back in the van and drive a short distance up the road, where see Galileo Galilei’s house. Then it's onward to the Academia, The Academia is an art gallery museum that is famous because it houses The David...the famed sculpture by...

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Sep 3, 2017 - Florence

Florence is known as an open-air museum, home to the de'Medicis, Michaelangeo, Bottecelli and da Vinci. I was anxious to get out to experience Florence in all its glory, knowing I only had 3 days to see everything I wanted to see. I found a charming and inexpensive pension in the old section of town near the famous Duomo and then set out to explore on foot. Florence has the feeling of small medieval town with narrow, winding cobblestone streets and fabulous Renaissance buildings. It is surprisingly busy given that this is a pretty small...

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