Hotel Duomo Firenze
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... his work on radio transmission and the radio telegraph system.
In the Piazza del Duomo there was much to see!
We were able to enter the Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore. This structure with its massive dome was a kickoff to the Italian Renaissance. A structure of its size had not been built for about 1000 years! We were able to explore the artifacts found underneath the Basilica from excavations. Very cool.
The Cupola ...
... back to the hotel for a pre-dinner rest and shower, because tonight it is going to be SPECIAL!
Cocktails on the rooftop terrace. OMFG what a VIEW! I am in absolute heaven on earth! The sun is setting, the lights shining on the Ponte Vecchio just below us – the sky is a lightly clouded pink/orange – right out of a Maxfield Parrish painting. The Palazzo Vecchio is lit in all its regal splendor.
We order: for me a ...
... The interior is very bare, with an intricate altar and very little seating. Downstairs is the Santa Reparata, the remains of the ancient cathedral. We then walked through Piazza Signolla and Vecchio to get to Ponte Vecchio, the bridge. After crossing the bridge we went to Piazzale Michelangelo to see some more David statues and a view of Florence from the other side of the river. Now we are off to ...
... that is exaggerated as he is about to sling the stone. The left arm is relaxed. The eyes look real but the illusion is caused by small hearts carved into the eyeball. The hands are huge but not when you look from the side. This really was a WOW moment. No photography is allowed so our picture is of the replica in the main square where this real statue stood for 100s of years before they moved it to the safety of the museum
After the David experience ...
... Countless tourist were trying to pose by proping up or kicking down the tower. We even saw a few tourist laying on the grass with their legs up in the air!!!
Tired from the walking and Museums of the previous days we decided that the tower was all what we wanted to see in Pisa for that day.
Back in Florence we headed for a local festival and indulged ourselves with a Brazilian BBQ (read “a lot of meat”), which was not ...