An Amazing Day

The Birthplace of the Renaissance, City of Lilies, the Athens of the Middle Ages — all these nicknames apply to Florence, Italy. After touring this city all day, viewing its treasures, I can support all the superlative things said about it. Just take a look:

1b-1. Duomo Baptistry and Tower

The best-known site of Florence is the domed cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore, known as The Duomo, with its accompanying baptistery and bell tower

5e. Ponte Vecchio II

Looking down the Arno River with Ponte Vecchio in the foreground.

6e. Looking over Florence from across the Arno

Overlooking Florence from Piazza Michelangelo, a park high above the city dedicated to that beloved artist.

We learned from Reino, our guide to all things Florence, that galleries, churches and art academies across town house a multitude of fine works. We could see only a smattering, of which these were memorable:

2. One of four Michelangelo Pietas, this one made when he was 70

One of four Pietas Michelangelo created, this one was sculpted when he was 70 years old.

5a. Adoration of the Magi by Gentile da Fabriano

This vivid Renaissance altar piece by Gentile de Fabriano depicting the Adoration of the Magi was a favorite of Reino, our tour guide.

5f. Michelangelo's Holy Family

A unique Michelangelo view of the Holy Family

In the midst and in between all the art, we dined at a sidewalk cafe, tasted black cherry gelato (a winner, for sure), and explored the use of Sherry’s selfie stick. It was an amazing day!6b. Selfie stick supreme shot



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