Our day in Florence started with a trip up Giotto’s Tower.
I have scaled the tower twice in the past but forgot how narrow and windy the staircase can be!
Fortunately there were several resting spots on the way up!
However, the amazing views from the top are worth the 414 steps.
Apart from Gaz and I, Donna was the only brave adult to make it all the way to the top!
I got to play with the panoramic setting on my phone! Not the best photos but fun to take nevertheless.
Next to Giotto’s Tower was the beautiful Santa Maria Cathedral which had yet another stunning frescoed dome.
After a spot of lunch….
and yet more gelato…..
we visited the Ponte Vecchio which is the oldest bridge in Florence. It looked adorable in the sun.
The bridge is famous for the shops built on either side which overhang the river.
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!
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.
No trip to Florence would be complete without a visit to the Uffizi gallery.
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!