A Sunny Day in Florence

Trip Start May 20, 2013
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Trip End Jun 03, 2013


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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Today's weather was fantastic. We started our day with a breakfast of strong Italian coffee, orange juice, and Nutella on toast. We started to head in the direction of the Uffizi, knowing full well that the line was probably going to be long, thanks to our late start. We continued south over the Ponte Vechio and stopped to visit the gorgeous Boboli gardens that are part of the Pitti Palace. The flowers were in full bloom and the bright blue sky had the most picturesque clouds. The gardens are quite a hike so for the first time on our trip we didn’t need a sweatshirt! At the top of the gardens we visited the porcelain museum and took plenty of pictures of the fragrant, heirloom roses, peonies, and boxwood hedges. On our way down from the gardens Suzanne found a friendly garden cat who was sunning itself. It took some effort, but Ev finally tore her away and they continued to the garment museum where period clothing was displayed and preserved. Next, we headed over to the "modern art" museum where works from the 19th and 20th century were on display. It wasn’t what we would have called modern art, but compared to the ancient frescoes we saw yesterday in the Academia the works were almost new. Once we were done with the Pitti Palace we sat and watched the tourists and had a glass of wine with bruschetta. We continued down the street and got gelato to complete lunch. Then, we decided to do some shopping on the Ponte Vechio. Ev got a gorgeous pair of gold dangly citrine earrings and Suzanne picked up a small watercolor from one of the local artists. The line was still long at the Uffizi, but thanks to our Florence cards we were in the museum in less than 15 minutes. There we saw incredibly old painted wood panels dating back to the 14th century, Botticelli paintings, and sculptures of men and women of every shape and size. We wondered why some of the naked men had a strategically placed leaf while others left nothing to the imagination. After the Uffizi we sat down for a dinner of wine and authentic Italian pizza, realizing just how dehydrated we were from substituting water for wine at every meal. We headed back toward the Piazza Della Signoria and started our climb to the top of the Plazza Vechio tower. So 235 steep steps later, we had a to-die-for view of Florence. We took several pictures in every direction and began the real work of descending the stairs (our knees, hips, and ankles are not quite healed from the Swiss hike a couple days back). Next up was the Plazzo Vecchio itself where our time was spent admiring the decorated meeting rooms of Cosmo I Medici and the apartments of his high-maintenance wife, Elanora. We stopped for more gelato, and bottled water on our way back to the hotel. We are in for the night, and exhausted after an amazing day. - Ev and Suz
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Dan on

Looks like you're having fun! Miss you!

Laurie on

The reason some paintings have the "strategic leaf" and others don't usually depends on the period in which they were done, who commissioned the work, where it was hung, how strict the current pope was, etc. Basically, the artists were all about the artistry of the full human body and some patrons were too, but then a few prudes jumped in from time to time and covered it up (sometimes years or centuries after the paintings were done).

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