Hangin’ Out with our Mate Dave – Florence – Day 36

We packed lots of sights into our 1 full day in Florence! We both really loved the feel (vibe?) of Florence and would have happily stayed a bit longer and maybe popped over to Pisa to check out that tower but we saw all our top sights for Florence in 1 day (thanks to Caitlin’s planning and Sam’s navigating) so we’re pretty happy. First we redid the sights from yesterday with a bit more knowledge then headed down the popular shopping street Via dei Calzaiuoli (they had a Disney store so we’ve now seen one in nearly every country we visited) to Piazza del Duomo.

Unfortunately a lot of the sites were covered in scaffolding etc for repairs but the first site to catch our eyes was the magnificent cathedral. The coloured marble makes it really stand out compared to all the brilliant buildings we’ve seen in our travels. After a hassle with a nasty tour guide trying to convince us to join the wrong line so she could take her tour group through first when the cathedral opened we got our audio guides and got a peek inside. Most of the inside (including most of the sights on the audio guide, so I wouldn’t recommend getting it if you’re ever here) are sectioned off for prayer only so we couldn’t see a lot but enjoyed what we could see. We opted to skip climbing the tower and headed on to our next site.

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We stopped for lunch at the a nice restaurant on the Piazza della Repubblica before heading on to see the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. We decided not to go inside this time and head on to our next stop to visit THE David.

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There are 2 top galleries/museums in Florence and we chose to visit Galleri Dell’Accedemia (the Gallery of the Academy) over the more popular Uffizi so we could see David. I am so happy with that choice! Unfortunately there’s no photography inside the gallery so I can’t show you, but a picture can’t really do it justice. I went back to David about 5 times in between the rest of the gallery (and was upset when I realised we’d accidentally exited without one last look). The other highlights include some other Michelangelo sculptures that were never finished and a music themed section hidden away with some very old instruments and musically themed paintings.

Our last stop was at the Basilica of Santa Croce to visit Michelangelo’s tomb (not far from where he was born). It was a beautiful basilica.

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Michelangelo’s tomb

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