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We woke up pretty early today to head out to the Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore) to beat the crowds. The first door we entered was what we thought was the visitor's entrance to the cathedral. We were mistaken when, without warning, we walked up 423 steps to the top of the dome. The steps were cramped and very small and traffic went two ways. We are lucky that we got there when we did, before the huge crowds showed up. Like around the entire church huge. We were further up then we had been ...
... or so shops that sell gold jewellery and other gold items. The river looking onto this street was so movie like. It was quite nice. Yet again another place that the photos did not do it any justice. The tour guide then took us through a very small square in the back streets that is given to artists as an artistic space. They can do as they wish within this square and their artwork will be left up for a few months. The one that was up when we went through was moulds of people's ...
... the effort. Views galore. We met back up and went off for a well deserved meal and some wine, of course. Obika, a mozzarella bar, amazing restaurant. Wow!!! Fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil and pesto... Cat had mozzarella with proscuitto. Next stop, the church of Santa Croce where several famous Italians were laid to rest. Micheangelo, Galileo, Fermi, Dante, Marconi and many others. We tackled the long walk to the Piazale ...
... English, so we have been enjoying a mutual whinge about the stand-offish politeness that that our American neighbours use as a shield between them and anything un-American . . . like Italy, or Poms, or Australians. We did manage to get away from the pool for a few moments to post our postcards. The guy in the post office was very concerned, as the stamps took up lots of the space and we had to stick them over our writing. Mostly, they were to Flynn's and ...
... really felt like stepping back into renaissance times. This was a popular way station for travelers and pilgrims, and the main well in the center of the piazza has wear marks from centuries of ropes pulling buckets up from its depths. A thunder storm added to the drama and cooled us all off.
Our last stop was Pisa and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the church, Baptistry and tower are so well preserved. Of course, the tower went through major renovations ...