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... allows us to skip the line, which is a big plus since some are really long and move slowly. The card cost 72 E (about $100) each, which is expensive but we think it will benefit us as some entrance fees are 30 Euros, not to mention skipping lines.
Our first stop was at the Uffizi Gallery, which is said to have the greatest collection of Italian painting anywhere. The exhibit features works by great masters, such as Giotto, ...
... the Tyrrhenian Sea as we departed Fiumicino airport, which lies on the coast. In less than an hour, we began the descent into Florence, with the rolling hills of Tuscany spread out beneath us.
After landing in Florence, we telephoned the apartment owners, and after a 20-minute taxi ride, arrived at our new address on the Via della Spada, a narrow little street in a picturesque part of the old city. The building itself, which dates back ...
... pasticceria for breakfast, we ventured back to the Duomo. Once there, Claibourne and Christine climbed to the top of the bell tower to see the amazing views of Northern Tuscany. Upon their return to land, they met Brian, Mom and Dad inside the Duomo.
After the Duomo, we headed back to the Ponte Vecchio Bridge as Mom wanted to see it with jewelry shops open. After walking back and forth looking at the jewelry, ...
... on how to make the famous Florentine Leather Jewelry boxes. Very beautiful and it was an interesting process. The first design was commissioned by the Medici family as a wedding gift to one of the Princesses.
After leaving Leonardo's we went to a small restaurant only a stone's throw away. It appeared much smaller on the outside and had three entrances. Can't remember the name anymore, but this ...
... a seascape rendered with the utmost mastery, Venus stands naked on a huge shell being pushed towards shore by the breath of the winds Zephyrus and Aura who embrace softly as roses fall from the sky. She is welcomed by a girl wearing a silk cloth embroidered with flowers. This is possibly Hora of Spring. The painting shows the fusion of Spirit and Matter, the harmonious marriage of Idea and Nature.
Another great painting that is most admired in the Gallery is ...