As the website advertised, the expert commentary from our guide, Paolo and a great itinerary made this whirlwind tour most 'worthwhile and unforgettable'.
We visited David and the unfinished slave statues at the Accademia Florence...and skipped the queue.
The photographs of the statue do not give any indication of the sheer size that confronts you as you walk toward the highlighted end of the gallery.. It is seventeen foot of marble which weighs six tons. The ceiling above David which lets in the natural light is equally spectacular.
|The domed ceiling above David|
|The guard at the Palazzo Vecchio in fifteenth century dress|
|Medici walkway from palace to palace.|
|The original metal studded fifteenth century timber door in the Medici palace..amazing|
|Lunchtime crowds around the Duomo.|
|Duomo by day|
|Duomo by night|
|Kayak races under the Ponte Vecchio|
|The beach on the Arno River|
A detour for lunch to Buca Poldo which had been recommended to us in Castellina. Another wonderful Italian meal with dessert and vino at lunchtime.
|Buca Poldo...with Fiona, Sandie, Kristen, Bronwyn and Annie|
I trudged home to rest for the afternoon (we walked many kilometres again today) to escape the heat as two of the others (who shall remain nameless) hit the leather shops once more.
|A quick rest in the middle of the tour|
"The facade on Via dei Serragli is very simple with twin doorways on each side and two rows of simple rectangular windows highlighted by cornices on the upper floors." The entryway to our apartment is the passageway for carriages covered by vaults lowered and decorated with statues and geometric colums in imitation stone. We overlook a beautiful garden where Poggi ...from Wikipedia..."showed all his skills, magnifying the illusion of proportion to the neo-Renaissance loggia set in an elevated position reached by a steep stone staircase.
|The steps to the apartment above the old stables|