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Travel Blogs from Florence
... so across the Ponte Vecchio and up the steps to Piazza Michelangelo. The piazza is high on a hill above Florence so while the statue of David is admired, so is the view. We continued up the hill, beggars for punishment, to Chisea di S. Salvatore al Monte, a small discreet church virtually hidden by trees. Up further to Chisea di San Minalto al Monte. Due to its position at the crest of the hill, (not hidden ...
Along the Arno (and anywhere in Florence for that matter) you will find stalls of artists producing some fine artwork for you to take home with you. My partiality towards black and white art had me drawn (haha drawn, geddit?!) to a particular artist's stall.. He had beautiful landscapes of Florence's skyline and one of the Ponte Vecchio. I could not resist and thus I soon found myself a few souvenirs heavier for our return trip.
... stairs in total, one way! We unpack a little and then meet the group for a quick walking tour. We find Medici's home, and then stand in awe at the sight of the Duomo. In front is the Baptistry with its famous carved doors- we see one in wood, and another set in gold or some other metal. Historical 3D art! I took a picture of a little frog I discovered carved into the border of the wooden one.
Our walk took us to the Accademia Museum, home ...
... frescoes, you will be able to spot the differences in the
various artists' styles, as well as the various stages of Italian art. For
example, Masolino's frescoes, such as the Resurrection of Tobias', the figures
are delicate and the style is in line with the late-gothic elegance and
affectation of that time.
If you then
look at Masaccio's dramatic depiction of the Expulsion of Adam and Eve from
Paradise', the style ...
... prices! I remember seeing one large blue topaz ring that was priced at 60,000 Euro!
I didn't cross the bridge to the other side of the river, but I went back into the main part of town, stopping at one of the old markets, the Straw Market or Porcellino Market. It gets the name Porcellino from the bronze statue of a wild boar at the front of the market. If you rub the nose, you're supposed to come back to Florence (or something like that?) and it's nose ...