Saturday, September 19, 2015 | Ursula Peter | News / Europe
Before the Tour of Tuscany started the Guided City Tour was on the start.
We are going downtown Florence and showing our guest the most beautiful places and hidden treasures in Florence
The Medici Chapel was the first highlight on the list. We were early and could cut all the lines.
Lots of the members of the Medici family are buried here
Even the floor is a masterpiece of art
Michelangelos original tombs
the Dusk and the Dawn....
... the Day and the Night. He was a genious!
Next was the Cathedral of Florence Santa Maria dei Fiori. Renaissance style, white and pink marble, a masterpiece of architecture
the clock tower designed by Giotto
the doors of the baptistery! There was a competition won by Ghiberty. He worked on these panels for 28 years. Michelangelo saw them and said "they are looking like the doors to paradise".
that`s why they are called now "The Doors to Paradise"
Piazza della Repubblica
this bar is definitely a hidden treasure. 3 coffes for 20 Euros but the view was for free
Chris from New Jersey and Karim from Kuwait were enjoying it very much
the famous Florentines are buried inside this church that draw most visitors, though.
Michelangelo`s tomb design by Vasari - the three muses below it represent his three principal gifts:
sculpture, painting, architecture
the 19th-century centophag of Dante
Yes!!! we found the restaurant Chris was in with his wife 6 years ago.
The food was awesome
Piazza di Signoria with the Palazzo Vecchio - the town hall
the David from Michelangelo,awesome despite being a copy. Anatomically correct - yes he was a genious
Ponte Vecchio - the only bridge which was not blown up by the Germans at the end of WW II
some art along the way
the street of the famous Italian designers - Fendi, Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana just to name some of them
the guys were fascinated by the street musicians
a beautiful day full of new experiences and impression comes to an end. We have to go "home" to Villa Pitiana. At 5 pm the welcome briefing will start. Hopefully we won`t fall asleep in the train after all this excitment....