Travel Blogs from Empoli
... While we were sitting outside we saw about five guys sprint down the street with their knock off goods while periodically glancing behind them. We looked down the street where they came from and noticed that two policemen had leisurely rode up on bicycles. One of the policemen was so heavy that I am willing to bet he could not catch the sprinters on his bicycle if he wanted to. I guess one of the salesmen had not gotten his stuff up ...
... a reservation in advance, so for the preservation of our reservation (ha-ha) we shelled out 70 Euro for a taxi ride. I guess it just falls under the "unfortuante-un-expected-expense" category. Traveling here is definately an adventure at times.
Anyway, since we've been in Florence we've seen SO much art, it's really incredible! We started off yesterday with the Galileo museum, which proves that tools can be both functional and beautiful (check out some of the photos). ...
... upon during hours of solitary prayer and meditation. Fra Angelico represents a nexus in art history. The images represent a visionary transformation from the iconography of medieval art. A few of the paintings were almost surrealist in their content. Loved the sparkles on the angel’s wings!
After a quick nap, we spent the afternoon doing an organized tour of the Uffizi and Accademia. ...
... by the Goliath Head. (It's a Donatello. Everyone remember their turtles Those four particular names were picked for a reason.)
There was actually a second David in the room, also done by Donatello, but in marble. Very different. I actually like it better! I couldn't take a picture, though, photos are only allowed in the outdoor areas.
Near both Davids, there is a smaller bronze sculpture of Mercury by Giovanni Bologna. (If you read that like the sliced meat, ...
... There really is no way to describe what I saw, and my pictures as usual don't do it justice, so you'll just have to check it out for yourselves when you have a chance.
Back in the car after a perfect day in Siena. All the while texting with Seb (one of my best friends, who is studying in Florence) updating him on our status of arrival. We stopped at a grocery on the way out of Siena, and got materials to whip up a delicious Italian meal at ...
How has this villa rated in the past?
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking
- Pets allowed