Florence (or Firenze)

The home of the Renaissance!

 


Our Eurotran train is on the left


"The Duomo"  Famous for it's dome
by Brunelleschi

The Bell Tower built by Giotto


The Baptistry


The Holy Door! opened once every
25 years

Close-up of one of the panels


Details of some of the marble statues!


The main entrance

Close-up of the entrance


 Area above the door


The group on their way

Hospital of the Innocents


Unwanted babies' were
passed through the lower opening
 to be raised by the nuns


St Mark's -  famous for frescos
of Fra Angelico

St Giuliana Falconieri
 


Somebody's crypt?


 

Interior courtyard


Interior panel
 


 

Some room!


A fresco of "The Last Supper"

A rather typical street


Back inside the Duomo


Frescos inside the Duomo

Frescos inside the Duomo


Frescos inside the Duomo


Frescos inside the Duomo

Typical stores in Florence


Bridge over the Arno River


The Ponto Vecchio - Famous bridge with shops,
the only bridge in Florence not blown up
by the retreating German army

A close-up of the Ponto Vecchio


Somebody's back yard - rather nice


Yet another street in Florence

Some fine dining is about to happing!


 

Just another Piazza


Bar made famous by many American authors

Our hotel - the "Gallery"
http://www.ehi.com/travel/ehi/italy/florence-hotels-gallery-hotel-art.htm


 

The "Study" beside the lobby


Another exterior view of the hotel

 

Just an interesting view


 

Another street scene


A "live" window display

Palazzo Vecchio - home of the
Medici's who had more money than.....


The Piazza Vecchio- loaded with
famous sculptures


One of those sculptures

And another


The original of the Statue of David


Another view

Another sculpture


A tapestry of Palazzo Vecchio


An interior shot to give an idea
of the scale of this hall

And another


 

Picture of the ceiling


One of the HUGE paintings


 

And another


One of the sculptures


 

Another painting


One of the rooms in the palace


 

A view of the hall from the balcony


 

Another painting


The Medici Chapel - one of the Medicis'
became Pope at 11 years of age


 

Another painting


And another

 

Another room


 

Globe in the "Map" room


 

Looking for the "secret door!"


 

Aha!  Ethan & Wyatt found the "secret door"


 


A private interview with Mrs. Medici,
arraigned for by friends of our guide, Nick


The Duchess intimidates Wyatt

Another room of the Medici's


On our way again


Santa Croce

Dante's Tomb


Galileo's Tomb


 

Marconi's tomb


The main alter, under repair


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Machiavelli's Tomb

Michelangelo's Tomb


Dante's Tomb


The symbol of the region - if you rub it's nose
you will return to Florence

Ethan is going to find out if it is true

The Arno River from the hills

A cityscape of Florence on a misty day

The surrounding hills

A little closer view

A really good copy of "David"

Another view of "David"

Image of the Protectress of Florence
in Santa Croce

Random painting in Santa Croce

Latin engraving on the floor


Our Street - you can see the famous bridge
over the Arno River


Ready to leave?

An "Artsy" one taken at night, in the
rain with raindrops on the lens

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