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Fun facts about Florence:
- Florence was the capital of Itlay for 5 years
- Perspective was invented here
- Centre of the Renaissance
- statue of Donatello (St. George) 1st perspective (1417) 100 years before David
... The David is extremely large and full of detail. It's about 3 metres tall. In the middle ages its arm fell off and to this day you can still see the area where it was reattached. Apparently the marble had been rejected by 2 other sculptors and Michelangelo being able to use it defied all odds.
The rest of the academia had a few plaster sculptures and lots of other paintings. Some great sculptures include the 4 prisoners and a room full of busts.
... 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, ...
Hard as it was to do with did leave our little idyll and ventured further along the lake and visited Bellagio one day and Como another. Bellagio, called the Pearl of the Lake, is to me, a resort town but very pretty with its cobblestone stairways, old buildings painted in pastel shades, filigreed balconies, tiny lanes and a myriad beautiful shops. Scarf shops abound. I contemplated buying hundreds of them, sending them home and setting ...
... 4€ for wash and 4 for dryer. What!? Seriously? I normally would never pay 13 Canadian dollars to do my wash but I literally have nothing left. Today's trip was re-wearing clothes. I asked if there was anywhere else and she said tonight they would be closed and this weekend is Easter weekend, so probably not. Great! (Not!).
Lets just say, right now Florence might not be in my good books. We'll see if tomorrow changes that, but it's supposed to rain, so probably ...