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Travel Blogs from Montecatini Terme
June 10, 2002
Back on the bus! This time to Italy!! We went to Pisa (and had pizza for lunch!) We saw the tower, of course, and the church. Got to shop in the souvenir shops and sit for awhile in the sun. Very peaceful day. I can tell I'm getting tired, because the travel journal entries are shorter and shorter!
... really. Stayed there for absolutely ages ... Just in awe. Also loved the 4 'slaves'.... The unfinished works that line the corridor as you look up towards David. Walking tour of Florence... All the statues, churches, old buildings... Loved it. Had some free time... Bought some charms and just wandered and looked at everything. Back on the bus... Onto Rome and The Pantheon, then a walking tour of Rome by night. Will be very tired tonight ...
... the cathedral." If we thought that the side was beautiful, the front was even more gorgeous. It is faced with designs made from pieces of traditional marbles in green, pink, and grey and has exquisite details surrounding the doors and circular windows. There is not one inch of the cathedral that isn't spectacular!
Across from the cathedral is the baptistery with beautiful carved doors. Each panel represents a tableau from ...
Today we decided to make the long drive to Florence. It ended up taking a little over an hour. When we arrived to the town center we accidentally took the road restricted to locals and came upon an amazing free parking spot next to the Arno and half a block to a popular shopping street. We headed into the old town along the beautiful stone streets filled with LOTS of tourists and interesting stores. Still, it ...
... incredibly lifelike icons in both stoic and dynamic forms.
Firenze is also home to THE masterpiece of sculpture by Michaelangleo: 'David'. After touring the incredibly realistic sculptures of Georgio Bortoli, we stepped into the auditorium specifically designed to display the sculpture of David. A skylight provided natural lighting on the massive iconic sculpture. Words do not do it justice. We spent extended moments simply taking ...
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