Sweet leather markets!

Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
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Trip End Nov 01, 2014


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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Sunday, December 2, 2012

We were both extremely hyped about getting to Florence as all the great people we have met have told us how awesome the city is. Its definitely not as full on as Rome is. You don't seem to get as harassed on the streets and the prices of eating are a lot cheaper. 

Just down the road from our hostel is the famous leather markets that are held in ......square. You can purchase genuine leather goods for so much cheaper than in the shops. We brought some cashmere lined leather gloves from an Italian guy who's family had been working with leather for 35 years! Think i might have to indulge in a cute leather jacket while I"m here, they are so cheap!
 
We visited our first real art museum today, mainly because of my interest in art, as Dan isn't really into it. So we choose to visit one of Europe's largest, the Uiffizi Gallery, and got to see amazing art by some of the masters of renaisansse, Michelangelo, Raphel, and Leonardo da Vinci. I had a great time and actually walked out feeling inspired to start drawing again.  Its also pretty cool to be able to say you have seen these famous pieces of art up close.
 
Where do I start when talking about the Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria del fiore. When you look at it you imagine a building made out of candy. Its colourful, busy outside is very eye catching and its size is huge! The inside is decorated like most cathedrals, except this one has a large dome (hence the name - duomo) that is beautifully painted fresco style with scenes from the last judgement. The detail in the paintings is amazing, and as you climb the 463 steep steps to the top you get the full experience, being able to see them up close. On the top of the Cathedral along the balcony, we got a 360 panoramic view of Florence. What a pretty little city it is. :)  

Signoria square has many famous known statues, one in particular being the replica of the 'statue of David' by Michelangelo. Dans favourite was the bronze sculpture of Perseus with the head of Medusa. Pretty cool that you can go there view this art for free.
 
Our day trip to Pisa was great, the sun was shinning and the sky was clear blue. Obviously we were here to see the famous 'leaning tower'. It met all expectations and more for us. The lean of this building is incredible, how does it not fall over! It gleams white in the sun and has loads of cute columns surrounding each of the 8 levels. The climb to the top made us feel like we were drunk, as you walked gravity pulled you to one side of the staircase depending on which side you were on. The top had a great view, but was also a bit creepy and unnatural, the thought that it could topple over was definitely in the back of your mind.

Siena is a little city not far from Florence that is situated on a hilltop. Its medieval cityscape and peaceful atmosphere made it well worth the visit. The famous shell-shaped square, Piazza del Campo was very beautiful with its huge bell tower that dominated your view.
The Siena Cathedral was very similar to the Duomo in Florence, except a little more Gothic looking on the exterior. The rest of the time was spent walking around the city, a stop at a few local markets and a gelato to finish the day!
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