Before I get started on Tuesday's outing, I wanted to post this photo that I forgot in my last post. We walked down to the train station area where the Chiesa Santa Maria Novella is located to visit that. We ended up not able to go inside but Chris took a bunch of pictures out front and I took a couple. I wanted to post this close-up of the front facade because the marble inlay work is pretty fantastic I think. If you're interested at all, enlarge the picture to get a better idea of how beautiful it is.
We decided that on Tuesday we would get up bright and early and get to the Palazzo Vecchio as close to opening time as possible so we might still have some cool weather. The weather had cooperated with us again by raining heavily during the night and although it was still raining some when we woke up, by the time we were ready to start walking, it was done and the day cleared up into another beautiful one.
The Palazzo Vecchio is located in the Piazza della Signoria which has a
famous fountain with a huge statue of Neptune, and a copy of the very
famous statue of David by Michaelangelo along with a couple of other
pieces of statuary. Here's a pic of the Palazzo in the early morning light along with one of some of David - Chris had seen a photo that showed David's head against the blue and gold decoration above the door of the Palazzo and we both liked it so we both copied the idea.
The Palazzo is a fairly plain building although quite large. It was home to the Medicis at one point in their history, but was also a municipal building and something of a fortress.
David is a huge statue - I would guess at least twice life sized, maybe more. He is also very naked!
On my last visit to Florence I had gone into the Palazzo Vecchio and seen the first floor but had not felt like paying yet another museum fee (it was near the end of that trip) to see the museum nor did I even think about climbing the tower. But with Chris having climbed the Duomo and now planning to climb the tower, I felt I had to show I could still manage a climb too, so in we went.We decided we would do the climb first so we wouldn't be all tired out from wandering through the museum before climbing. I took a lot of pictures, many of which were of the Duomo because at the various places you could see out on the way up, the view of the Duomo just became more and more stunning. So here they are pretty much one after another.
And I'm going to go ahead and post this and put up the pictures from the museum tomorrow. It's after midnight, I'm almost all packed for my flight to Sicily tomorrow and I should get some sleep. My plane doesn't leave until around 5:00 so I hope to do some catching up on the blog cause Tuesday was a favorite day and today was also.
- Mary Lynne
- West Virginia
- When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!
P.S. I've set up separate pages for each of my major trips (see tabs above).
I recently added an "Italian Word a Day" thingie which shows up at the bottom of every page. You see the word and can click to hear it pronounced. I've been enjoying it and I think my accent is improving as time goes by.