That’s not to say that I love the exhausting day-long trip, but it’s worth it when you see the beauty of the city. Plus, once you make that trip a few times it’s no big deal.
I don’t think I could ever see all there is to see in Florence, so it may take me a few lifetimes to get all the way through it. That’s just fine with me!
GALLERIA DEGLI UFFIZI
The Leonardo Da Vinci room was great. I loved to see his hand-written notes and illustrations. You may even have one of those out-of-body experiences, or feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you are viewing these treasures.
It’s hard to explain, but this is a man who had a profound influence on the entire world. In fact, he still makes an impact today. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed. I know I was.
The Uffizi has a room dedicated to his work. Well, maybe it’s not only his work, but my eyes didn’t see anything else. I was totally enthralled in the magnificence of his paintings.
At one point I was a little too close to one of them, searching its detail for brush strokes, and I set off the invisible alarm. OOPS! I turned around and found a security guard giving me the evil eye, so I maintained my distance from there on.
I could have stayed in there all day, but for the bus-load of Chinese tourists who flocked in and took over every space in the room. So I took off down the hall to the next artistic wonder.
Just outside of the gallery, you can see lots of statues of important Italian artists sculpted into the building. I love that! You can see Dante, Michelangelo and lots of others who have impacted the art world from way back.
Florence is a great place because it’s big enough to be a city, but not as psycho as Rome is purported to be. I still haven’t been there, but I hear it is nutso crazy and filled with people. I have also been told that the Coliseo smells like cat pee. mmmmmmmmm…
Here are some shots from my first trip to Florence. I have since taken much cooler ones with better cameras, but for now:
This pretty much covers my initial meeting with Tuscany. After this first trip, I went back many times and I have the photos and passport stamps to prove it.
What should I post next time? Any requests?