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... completely painted with religious artworks. We found that Madeline's shorts were not modest enough for entry to the cathedral, so she had to don a €1.50 paper skirt to be allowed entry. Once inside, we discovered that even Jesus was not modest enough, and he had been required to cover up as well! Next we climbed the bell tower, over 400 steps. The view was amazing..but the effort to get there wore us out so we recovered with our favourite pastime...shopping for souvenirs! Day ...
... of the dome along the way. We were both a little hesitant as we reached the top,
but it was all well worth it when we saw the view.
After climbing back down, we went to Piazza Santa Croce to see Fake David. (Real David had been moved inside ...
... I also loved a painting I stumbled upon called Judith Slaying Holofernes (probably because it is both violent and colourful...)
I was lucky enough to wander into Monica again a couple of hours later to chat outside the Santo Spirito Church. I was relieved to have a proper chance to thank her, because the tour ended somewhat awkwardly. All four American’s on the tour did this awkward hand shake thing with a folded note ...
... gallery of portraits and images of the city from past times.
Bacco on the ground floor rarely goes unnoticed and The General Council hall on
the first floor is home to Donatello's David bronze created in 1440, who is
depicted quite differently from Michelangelo's world-famous example. In the
same room stand Ghiberti and Brunelleschi's panels of the sacrifice of Isaac,
which were both presented as candidates for the Baptistery's second ...
... but early.
After collecting our tickets from the booth we headed into the museum. It was at this point the visit turned a little sour. On a nice big sign there was a notice saying “no liquids or containers allowed". Prior to leaving the hotel, we had both filled up our water bottles so that we could avoid having to buy too many drinks during the day, so the forced confiscation of the bottles wasn’t all that good.
After chucking away our drinks we ...