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Published: June 16th 2017
A bridge over the Arno River.
Geo: 43.6577, 11.4546
This morning I didn't bother having intentions of getting up early, as they get me no-where. Once I was ready I walked to the end of my street and along the river to Santa Croce. The water was perfectly still and I took a great photo of the bridge reflecting on the water. Inside this church it is just like an art gallery, so much to see and all completed by masters of art. Michelangelo's tomb is here and a tomb for Dante, although he is actually buried in Ravenna. There are a few sculptures by Donatello. Many private chapels owned by well off families in the area. Giotto painted a few walls of 2 of the chapels, the paint work seems quite faded though. Walked back towards the Duomo and went to the Museo dell'Opera Duomo. In this museum is most of the original statues and paintings from the Duomo and Bapistry. There are 8 of the 10 original Gates of Paradise panels in bronze. Michelangelo's Pieta- which he intended for his own tomb, but never completed. It was also in this building that Michaelangelo carved his David. There were many statues carved by Donatello.
Next I went
into the Bapistry- one of the oldest buildings in Florence. This is a small octaganol building at the front of the Duomo. The ceiling is covered in beautiful mosaics- breathtaking!
Lunchtime = pizza time. After refueling I walked to the National Archelogy Musuem. There are two floors to the museum. The first floor is full of Egyptian artifacts and the second floor is full of pottery (boring). The Eyptian stuff was okay and it reminded my of being in Eypyt. The best thing was a mummy that they had cut through the cloth of. I could see the many layers of cloth and bones!
Walked to the train station and caught a bus for Fiesole. Apparently there is a great view of the city from up there. 20 minutes later I arrived. The view was great and even better when I walked up a very steep path to a little park with a lookout. The dome of the Duomo high above the rest of the buildings.
Went back to my room and packed by bag ready to move on from Florence.
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