Michaelangelo’s David

No trip to Florence, Italy, would be complete without seeing Michaelangelo’s David. It is a remarkable statue. Here’s a view of the setting:

0aH88DVAR3emhjp86mJjQAA large crowd comes to see this and the other works on display. There are several blocks of marble that Michaelangelo had been working on but abandoned. You see one on the right side of the photo above. There are as interesting as David. Here’s a closer look at David:

Ad8G87lyTqiD4ta0NK7tSwGet the skip the line type of ticket to visit the Accademia where the statue is located. Otherwise, you’ll be waiting a long time in very long line. Worth it.

 

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Grand Duomo Accommodations, Florence, Italy

Grand Duomo Accommodations is apartment style rentals located across the street from the Grand Duomo, as the name implies. We went for the big room with a view and here’s what we saw in the evening from the bedroom window:

Q8Ua1tBrT%S5Iej2e48p%gOf course, through the other windows you’re looking down at the plaza. It’s worth every penny. The bedroom looks like this:

QNDw%H6fRJW29T4s64rEGgPlenty of space, plenty of light. There’s a sort of kitchen on the wall, behind doors that open easily for meal prep. Check it out:

5yse48nsR6WMm1CC1wTmogI used the little cooktop to make our breakfasts and snacks. The bathroom was large and well appointed:

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Finally, on the top floor is a beautiful lounge area with an equally impressive view. Sorry, this photo doesn’t do it justice. Believe me, for evening drinks or an afternoon chat, go up there and relax:

riB5vi4URT+WPKYDXUlC%QWe drank a few bottles of wine and met some people from Lithuania. Was a great time!

Ponte Vecchio, some views

The Ponte Vecchio is one of those famous sites people travel to see as part of any Italy jaunt. Here are some views of it, the first of which is the standard shot:

DSC_3484Here’s a view I took from the Uffizi Gallery during a tour there. A bit closer this time:

UVwwH%VPQPixZd2RBwoHqgPersonally, I like the next one the most. An artist working in watercolor was painting the bridge scene:

DSC_3479Was interesting to walk around the area, getting various views of the bridge and local neighborhood.

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Duomo, Florence, Italy

Here’s a daylight image of the Duomo in Florence, Italy.

AtpgqUpyTC2Llgkza8CKiQThe exterior style contrasts greatly with many of the church and cathedrals I saw in Spain, which are typically left the natural color of the cut stone. Let’s go inside:

DSC_3494Another rather plain interior. But don’t miss the clock at the rear of the building:

DSC_3493You can climb to the cupola of the Duomo and also the tower, but I was busy seeing so much else, that I didn’t want to wait in the long line. Here’s a night view, just for fun:

jKNhEXCrTTmGm3mrLJhKEAMy hotel was across the street from this magnificent structure. Photos to follow soon.

Published in: on December 6, 2018 at 4:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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