Day 35: Florence

I’m not quite sure which word to use to describe my visit to Florence. Great just doesn’t seem to cover it. I’ll go for marvellous I think.
Starting with the cathedral I was already stunned. The building is amazing! And since we asked for a stamp for our credential, we even got access to the prayer section instead of the tourist part. And we got a little peek behind the scenes in the priests room.

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Next on the list was the church of Dante Allighiri, where his beloved Beatrice takes letters from people who have lost a loved one in a basket. Like he was never able to be with her but was inspired by her to write the divine comedy and many other works.

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First editions of this amazing book can be seen in his birth place as well as one of his death masks.

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Afterwards we head to the Museo Nazionale del Bargello. It’s totally impressive and FREE. Crazy. I’ll keep to showing you some sculptures by Donatello. There was so much to see. It was overwhelming.

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Next we go to the Palazzo Vecchio. It’s stunning. But we don’t go inside. Everything costs money in tourist land…

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Off to the Basilica di Santa Croce. The church was built in 1294 and us the biggest church by the order of San Francis in the world. This is the place where some of the most famous Italians are buried. Like Michelangelo with 30 members of his family. Btw, the tomb is next to the statue. Not everybody knows…

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Galileo and Machiavelli.

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And the statue that inspired the Statue of Liberty.

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On the way we find a lovely underground paper store and meet Pinocchio.

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We buy some lunch in a supermarket because Florence is even more expensive. The idea is to eat it in the Gardino Bardini which is supposed to be really nice. So we cross the river Arno at ponte alle Grazie to get there. However, it’s closed the first and last Monday of the month. Bad luck I guess. Instead we head up through the Porta San Miniato to the rose gardens. It’s beautiful. Wind is coming up.

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On the way back we cross the river at the famous Ponte Vecchio. It’s full of jewellers. Story says it used to be meat and fish sold there. But the people didn’t like it and wanted something beautiful instead so they started setting up stores with shiny bling stuff.

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The time left I want to spend at the Galleria dell’ Accademia to look at Michelangelo’s David and some other amazing art. We make our way back through the town centre because it’s at the other end.

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The gallery is closed on Mondays and I don’t get to see David. I personally don’t understand how in a touristy city like Florence they can close the most famous museum, but it gives me a reason to come back. This time, we have way too expensive coffee and return to Lucca.

After these two days off, I can’t imagine being on the road walking again the next day…

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