Florence!

We went for our HSG on Tuesday.  There’s a long post in the works about that, but I’m waiting to get Roo’s okay before I post it.  In the meantime, here are some more Italy pictures.

“Enough carrots, today prosciutto!”

From a menu: “Bread Goodness”

Our first of of the Duomo.

This cathedral is, as Tadpole would say, “hugenormous!”  We had seen pictures before, but didn’t really understand the size of it until we were standing in front of it.  It’s also an engineering marvel.  The walls were built in the 1300s, but at the time no one knew how the domed ceiling could be put on, since a dome that big had not been created since Roman times.  Filippo Brunelleschi, whose training was as a goldsmith, figured out how to make the dome in the 1400s, and did it without a wooden scaffolding holding the whole thing up.

We saw the real David, but could only take pictures of this one.

The David statue as another thing that I was not expecting to be wowed by.  But it was really really big and really really beautiful (even if one is not as into naked men as Michelangelo was…)

Inside the dome.

We climbed to the top of the dome and on our way up got a closer-up view of the frescoes on the ceiling.  There were some really beautiful bits, as well as some really disturbing pictures of hell.

The view from the top was definitely worth the climb up 400+ steps.

Don’t look down!

Pea pod decorations on the very top of the dome.

Mary Magdalene

This was one of my favorite pieces of art from the whole trip (and since Roo’s gig as an art teacher is what was paying for the trip, we saw a lot of art!).  It’s a very moving and contemporary-looking piece made by Donatello in the 1400s.

A closer view of the same statue

The Ponte Vecchio, a bridge which has held goldsmith shops since the 1300s

There were beautiful fountains like this on practically every corner–and most had potable water.

As vegetarians in Italy we ate an awful lot of meals that contained cheese+tomato+some form of white carb. But this was definitely one of the best! A lovely panino in a funky cafe that we were defintely not cool enough for.

The Pitti Palace

This enormous building contains seven different museums.  We made it through three of them before becoming completely overwhelmed.  In the Palatine Gallery, the walls were stuffed floor-to-ceiling with Renaissance artwork, plus there were paintings of various mythological scenes on the ceilings.  In the Costume Museum there were clothes that were hundreds of year old–including the clothes that several members of the Medici family had been buried in in the 1500s.  We never did find out why they dug them back up…

The Grotto in the gardens adjoining Pitti Palace

A sculpture from inside the Grotto

The sculptures in the Grotto were fascinating and strange and looked like they were part-stalactite.

One of the reasons for our trip–the Uffizi Gallery.  It was another huge palace stuffed with amazing artwork.  We weren’t allowed to take any pictures inside.

I love this sort of thing.  But I should also note that we were very lucky to find lots of folks whose English was far better than our Italian.

Beautiful Tuscan countryside on our way from Florence to Rome.

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2 responses to “Florence!

  1. I took a trip with students a couple years ago that included a couple days in Florence. It really is spectacular! And climbing il duomo was a definite highlight. I didn’t really like the part where we were inside on the narrow little walkway. Dizzying. And everyone stopping to take pictures. Move, people!!!
    I hope it was a great trip, and that your quest for another little one is advancing nicely.

    • Thanks for reading along! I agree about the claustrophobia with so many people in the little walkway.
      So sorry that your news this month wasn’t what you were hoping for.

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