Michelangelo's David (copy)
Florence was established by Julius Caesar in 59 B.C. as a settlement for his veteran soldiers. Although ancient, Florence can be called the Renaissance capital of the world and, with its famous sons like Da Vinci, Dante, Machiavelli, and Michelangelo, is a sightseeing delight.
Michelangelo's David is possibly top of the list of things to see in Florence. Completed in 1504, the 6-ton statue was too large to fit on the origninal, planned roof, so it eventually wound up in the Piazza della Signoria and installed next to the entrance to the Plaazzo Vecchio (old palace which was the town hall). In 1873 the statute was removed from the Piazza to protect it from damage, and displayed in the Acacademia Gallery. A replica was placed in the Piazza in 1910.
The Piazza della Signori is an L-shaped square and is the hub of the seat of government. But it is best known as an almost open air sculpture mueseum.
Not to clutter the story with David-although he is one of the main statue attractions in Florence-the focus is on the smaller statue of Adam by the doorway.
Hercules and Cacus by Baccio Bandenelli..
Fountain of Neptune
The dome is the third largest of any Christian church (after St Peter's and St Paul's) and was finished in 1434.
The cathedral designed by Arnolfo di Cambio in 1294 to be the largest Roman Catholic church in the world. Later it was reduced in size. The first stone was laid in 1296; completion was 1436.
Gate to Paradise. The door has 10 panels. Among them:
Adam and Eve.
Cain and Abel. Partial lower panel; Abraham and Isaac.
Florence is noted for its narrow streets.
And its transportation system.
With the beauty of Florence, it is hard for the elements to dampen the spirits.
An overview of the city as we were departing for our hotel.
We were impressed with the room we had, but what Christine really liked was the fresco ceiling.