Of views and walks
08.09.2011 - 10.09.2011 29 °C
We arrived by train, now seasoned travelers, for a short (way to short) stop of in Florence (Firenze) of about 2 days. Our apartment was just around the corner from the train station, so a nice short walk.
The day of arrival, we spent mainly resting, taking some short walks and meeting the apartment owner (Barbara). She gave us a quick run through of the major things to see, in Particular the Dumo and the Piazzale Michelangelo.
So we wandered, actually grabbed, as recommended, a Gelato and had it on the Ponte Vecchio:
It was nom, then wandered up the road to Piazza di Pitti, didn't go it, looking crowded, but sat outside and people watched.
These two interesting sculptures were outside the main building at the Piazza. After that, it was basically grab a meal and off home. I think sleep was needed, ready for the next day !
Day two in Florence (and the last day) pwas up and at em. Off to see David at the Accademia Gallery. In short and unfortunately without photo's, he is pretty magnificent. The workmanship and detail is really great. Though I think Alison spent an inordinate amount of time looking at his butt ! There is a crack down his right hand side, not really noticeable, but they have fibre monitoring on the statue monitoring every movement.
The rest of the Accademia was pretty good, especially the old musical instruments.
Once out of there we grabbed a taxi and headed upto the Piazzale Michelangelo. WOW. Great view up there.
There is also a bronze statue of David as well. We sat up there enjoying the view and had a cup of what turned out to be the worst coffee we would have in Italy. After that we wandered up to the church above the Piazzale. It was great, really peaceful, againg a magnificent view of Florence and some terrific archecture and items inside as well.
After that it was a walk bake down to Firenze. Really nice on a tree lined road, we were surprised more didn't take the walk. Since it was close we wandere back to the Piazza de Pitti and had a Gelato.
From there it was wandering the shops, grabbing a bite and eventually making our way to the apartment. Tomorrow was Venice.
The time definitely wasn't enough for Florence, perhaps next time a week and a trip to Pisa and Sienna.