My First Solo Tour of Florence, oh and The Uffizi
Aug 14, 1992
Aug 26, 1992
After a wonderful breakfast at the hotel, our first on the trip, we went down via Proconsolo to the Bargello, where we split, with Jen and Wendy going shopping and I going into the museum alone. It was wonderful, and very exciting. The building served as the office of the magistrate during the Middle Ages and as jail, torture chambers, and place of execution (right there in it's eerie courtyard), a rather dubious beginning for what would become a world class sculpture museum of mostly Florentine Art.I spent about an hour seeing 3 sculptures by Michelangelo, Bacchus, a David (also sometimes referred to Apollo), and Brutus, and hey I also think a tondo relief, but I will check that out. There are also 2 famous works by Donatello, his bronze and also marble David, both groundbreaking pieces, especially the very effeminate bronze. In a later visit someone with whom I was with, who was an art historian told me to focus on the feather from Goliath's helmet, which one might imply was tickling David's upper thigh, clear indication of some kind sexual implication, according to that person. There are also many works by the della Robbias, Ghiberti, Verrocchio, and countless coats of armor, coins, and artifacts from the Middle Ages. It is a wonderland for sculpture connoisseurs. When I came out Jen and Wendy were emerging from a shoe store, where I couldn't resist and went in and bought a pair of shoes. Then we went to the Uffizi for my first of at least 15 times. I loved it the first time I saw it, and just can never get enough. It is a huge collection, the best of Italian Renaissance Art, and cannot be seen in one, two, three times. It is arranged chronologically and easy to follow. I don't recall a very long wait, for in those days, I did not get a reservation as I ALWAYS do now. It may have had a small line, perhaps 30 mins. We exited and found our way back to the lunch place near the Duomo, just another excuse to see the Duomo in all its splendor.We went back there again going north on via Calzaiuolo, right through the Piazza della Signoria yet again ! We spent the remainder of the evening at the Ponte Vecchio shopping, and gazing at the Arno. At dinner time we tried to find the trattoria we had dinner at the night before, but it was closed, so we ate next door, much to our dismay, not quite so good. It was so hot that summer (actually every summer) that we always ached to return to our air conditioned room, which we always did at around 10 PM according to my journal. The end of an incredible day.