|It seems even the streets of Florence are paved with art.|
|Not the sort of sign we expected to find in a Florentine restaurant bathroom|
|Tito’s staff appear to have a ball at work and don’t seem to mind the slightly out there uniforms.|
|The view to the Tuscan hills from our budget room at Hotel Benvenuti|
|Officially it’s the Church of Santa Maria del Fiore or the Cathedral of Florence. |
It is also the ‘Duomo’ a word that comes from the Latin domus meaning house.
To the Florentines, the Duomo is the house of God and his people.
|The Duomo takes up an entire, large city block and every inch|
of its exterior is white and dark green marble.
|There’s intricate decoration at every turn as |
demonstrated by all the sculptures in the tower.
|The interior is reasonably plain.|
|Other than the dome of course|
|The Baptistry doors are incredibly intricate and it takes quite a while to take all the detail in.|
|It was a little hard to believe this used to be a grain warehouse |
but the grain chutes still run through the columns.
|Time for a gelato stop.|
|The Medici family used the Palazzo Vechio as their personal palace |
and virtually ruled Florence from within.
|This sculpture of The Rape of the Sabine Woman stands around three metres high and all three |
figures were all carved from the single block of Carrara marble by Giambologna in the 1500s.
|The Ponte Vechio was the only bridge over the river left standing as the Germans retreated |
in WW2. The commanding officer disobeyed orders rather than destroy such significant history.
|In medieval times the bridge originally housed butcher shops which dropped |
their offal and leftovers into the river but now it is a major tourist
mecca lined by gold merchants and jewellers.
|Standing in front of Michelangelo’s statue of David is simply awe inspiring. With a hammer |
and chisel he breathed life into a cold block of marble.
|The people in the foreground give an idea of the scale of this massive statue.|