Florence

Our day in Florence started with a trip up Giotto’s Tower.

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I have scaled the tower twice in the past but forgot how narrow and windy the staircase can be!

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Fortunately there were several resting spots on the way up!

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However, the amazing views from the top are worth the 414 steps.

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Apart from Gaz and I, Donna was the only brave adult to make it all the way to the top!

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I got to play with the panoramic setting on my phone! Not the best photos but fun to take nevertheless.

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Next to Giotto’s Tower was the beautiful Santa Maria Cathedral which had yet another stunning frescoed dome.

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After a spot of lunch….

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and yet more gelato…..

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we visited the Ponte Vecchio which is the oldest bridge in Florence. It looked adorable in the sun.

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The bridge is famous for the shops built on either side which overhang the river.

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They are currently inhabited by jewellers and it was lovely to browse the beautiful items in the windows. Nestled amongst the jewellers was also a lonely sweetshop which caught Gaz’s attention!

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Rumour has it that when the bridges in Italy were being destroyed during the second world war, Hitler ordered that the Ponte Vecchio be preserved due to its beauty.

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No trip to Florence would be complete without a visit to the Uffizi gallery.

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There was so much to see that we decided to be selective. We therefore headed straight for room 10-14 which housed the Botticelli paintings. I painted Botticelli’s Primavera when I was at school and I was desperate to see the real thing. It was just as beautiful as I hoped, and a lot bigger than I expected. In the same room hangs Botticelli’s Birth of Venus which is another wonderful piece.

I fell in love with the colours of the religious paintings in rooms 10-15. I couldn’t help being struck by the beauty of the huge gold frames in which the pictures are hung. What I would give for a few of those to hang in my home!

We also saw beautiful paintings by so many greats including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rafael, Rembrandt, Titan and Caravaggio to name but a few! It was a real treat!

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