Florence, Italy
October 1997 and May 1998
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Ponte Vecchio taken from a window in the Uffizi
The Ponte Vecchio

      The Florence Gail and I visited in October was cold and  rainy.    We visited the Duomo , the Piazza della Signoria , waited in line for the magnificence of The Uffizi Gallery , went through the Pitti Palace and shopped on the Ponte Vecchio.  It was bitterly cold, but it was still Florence, and we loved it.  The photo of the Ponte Vecchio at the top of the page was taken from a window in the Uffizi.

      In May Ray and I enjoyed sunshine and were more patient about waiting in lines and walking extensively.  Of course we went to the cathedral and its Baptistery ,  We went to the  Accademia Gallery to get our quota of David photos, visited Santa Croce , the Medici ChapelsSanta Maria Novella , and the Uffizi.  Visited the Bargello Museum , which closes at 2:00, which means 1:45!  We checked out the grain spouts at Orsanmichele , and then had lunch at a restaurant opposite it to study the statues on its exterior.  On our last day, we drove to Piazzale Michelangelo for it's breathtaking views.  We attended Sunday Mass at San Miniato   with a bishop and four priests!   If you have seen the PBS special called "Michelangelo Restored," many of his Florentine works were shown on it, especially the Medici Chapel.

Here's a great link to information about Florence

Duomo Duomo peeking behind cathedral and tower
Facade of the Duomo
Bronze Door
One panel of the bronze doors
Micheangelo's David in the Accademia
David & us
Joy & Ray in front of David - taken by friendly tourist who cut off part of David, but kept some important parts!
Donatello's David
at the Bargello
Donatell's bronze David at the Bargello
Santa Maria Novella - large church near the train station
Medici Chapel
Medici Chapel
Medici Chapel
Medici Chapel
Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio in the Piazza della Signoria
Santa Croce
Machiavelli's tomb
Dante's Cenotaph Rossini's tomb
Michelangelo's tomb
Overlooking Florence
Florence in the background taken from the Piazzele Micheangelo
Florence Information Page   - If you're planning a 
         trip to Florence, this has all the vital information
         you need including suggested itineraries for visits
         of three hours to four days!  A terrific resource!
Santa Croce
Museum table - with times and prices