Hotel Villa Stanley
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... the Medici family, the most significant dynasty in the era of Firenze (Florence). Michael Angelo was sponsored by them, as we found out in the local museum where we were able to see his statue 'David'. Sitting in Macca's now opposite the staton in Florence waiting for our train ...
... marble he carved David from discarded in the city piazza and sought and was granted permission to use it to sculpt David. Thank God he did. I have seen some amazing things in my life but nothing that rivals Michelangelo's David. It's not simply its size. It's so life like. Michelangelo had such a knowledge of human physiology. He has portrayed David as a powerfully built young man intent on defending God's reputation in the face of the mockery of an enemy. There is debate about ...
... other people had arrived. We did a casual walk-through, and it felt like we had the whole village, along with the sweet smells of the panetteria (bakery), to ourselves. The Church of Santa Maria was stunning in its simplicity.
Onto to San Gimignano, a well-preserved walled medieval village high on a hilltop with 14 stone towers (over 70 stood at one time). The crowds had already arrived, ...
... the pigeons are exquisite in their cream and tan plumage, as though emerging from a da Vinci work. And I've now had the best gelato in Italy - ricotta and fig, served alongside chocolate with orange pieces, eaten whilst watching real live gorgeous Italian firefighters breaking into the shutters of an apartment. So I discovered just like with everything, gelato tastes best with context and Florence has that in ...
... where David was treated to a Fillipino Lippi of St Bernard in the desert, (a magnificent piece). We then headed for the Medici Chapel for 7 Michelangelos most anywhere in the world. Then Ognissanti, my favorite church with a Botticelli, Ghiralndaio, and Botticelli's grave. The refectory was closed, however, where we would have seen a Cenacolo (sp ?), ie Last ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center