Florence renaissance overdose
Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
158Trip End Mar 11, 2011
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When we arrived at the Ufizzi the line for day tickets was long again, but with the reservation tickets we could walk right through. I really don't understand why people would want to waste precious time in a queue when you can just get a ticket for a specified entry time for a mere 4 euros more. Inside we got ourselves an audio tour again and were guided to the 40 rooms of the museum. Again a whole lot of renaissance art placed on the second floor of the palazzo, a former seat of Florentine government. It was interesting to notice that when a room contained foreign artists, like Rembrandt, the audio tour spend no more than 10 seconds describing the works, but when the artists were Italian, almost every piece was described in great detail. The collection is displayed in a chronological order so you are guided through the art from the middle ages to the late 1800's.
After spending a couple of hours in the Ufizzi our senses were numbed by the overdose of masterpieces. We got ourselves a nice espresso and tried to find some lunch in town. We were a bit late so most osterias were already closed. But we managed to find one that was still serving so we enjoyed a nice Tuscan meal. After lunch we went shopping for some new shoes for Linda. We headed back to the Hotel to drop off our catch and pick up our bottle of wine and some snacks as we were planning to have a little picnic at the Piazza Michelangelo. From here you have a great view over the city. The fiat 500 club send us an email with a brochure, without any confirmation or text, so we decided to call them again before we head out. Finally someone picked up the phone. Unfortunately they did not have any availability for a tour. We then took a taxi and headed out an hour before sunset.
Up on the hill we claimed a seat on the stairs from where we had an amazing view of the city. We enjoyed our wine, cheese, crackers (which we took from the breakfast buffet) and some cold cuts as the sun was setting over Florence. When the sun hit the hills, we started to walk down the hill, stopping on the famous Ponte Vecchio where we enjoyed a street musician playing some Italian songs. It was a wonderful evening in Florence, it is truly one of the most romantic cities in the world.