Florence - Uffizi, Santa Croce, Duomo, Accadamie

Trip Start Nov 10, 2007
Trip End Dec 02, 2007

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Today was my day to be immersed in the history of this fabulous city. We were met at 9am by Paoula,  a local art historian with a PHD in renaissance art history.  When she discovered that I was also studying art history she was delighted to give more than the usual guided tour of  sights in Florence. Firstly she took us to the Uffizzi where the two of us had animated discussions about the great art works on display while Andre looked quietly at the paintings and resolved his own questions about the works. Paoula was a wonderful source of information and dug into my knowledge to see exactly what she could tell me more about. To say I was blown away to be seeing these great works which I had only ever seen images of is an understatement and I know I will have to make another trip here. Too many works to even mention, I am humbled by the skill and beauty these masters were able to produce. I often thought of Annabel, my art history friend, and how she would so have enjoyed being here too!

Paoula then took us to the Basillica of Santa Croce to see the tombs of the great Italian Florentines: Galilaeo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Rossini, Dante etc Then onwards to the Duomo and Brunelesci's dome. The tour with Paoula finished at the Accademie where Michelagelo's sculptures are kept. I had prepared myself to be disappointed when I saw his statue of David, as often the expectation is greater than the reality. That of course was silly as the statue is magnificent and well deserving of it's reputation. Even Andre, with his scepticism couldn't help to be awed by the beautiful sculpture and the skill of producing such a great work.

The day finished with a quiet meal and two footsore and tired tourists falling exhausted but happy into bed!
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