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... renovations. The Church was flooded badly in the huge Florence flood in 1966, and many of its artworks and furnishings were damaged. 15 feet of water swept into the church, rising halfway up the central doorway. There are flood markers at most of the Florence sites, and it's hard to believe how high some of them are. 14000 people were left homeless across Florence, and tens of thousands of paintings, sculptures, frescoes, books etc ...
... and went to the nearby market for lunch and to buy yummy things for a picnic dinner. After a rest we went to another church Santa Maria Novella which has some amazing 14C frescoes and lovely stained glass. After several very rich and filling dinners out, we ate our picnic tonight on our roof terrace - meats, cheeses, salads, fruits from the market washed down with Prosecco - ...
... as they ran out of puff. Once they had stopped, they stood in a large circle and were almost instantly surrounded by people....this was one popular band! Now that they were stationary, we were able to get a better look. Quite a few had medals pinned to their uniform, so had clearly been in service and yes, there was a plume of feathers attached to their hats.....but what's with all the running? Well, this is the Bersaglieri and apparently this is what they do! ...
By far the most famous piece in the entire building is Michelangelo's "David". It is truly amazing to see it in the flesh…so to speak. The sculpture depicts King David from the Bible, complete with sling and stones as he prepares to meet (and defeat) Goliath. The size and precision of the piece is amazing, although the oversized hands and feet are a little odd. This, we were told by our guide, was done deliberately by Michelangelo to convey the idea of strength ...
... We parked the Vespa, and fell into the first cafe for hot chocolate and pastries.
San Gimignano, thanks to a tip from Anita, was on the list to visit, but I didn't imagine that it would be by Vespa. An amazing little hilltop town, walled and adorned with 14 towers built by rival families in the 15th century. At the peak of the madness, each one trying to outdo the other, there were 72 towers in tiny San G, ...