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Oh How I Love Florence

My adventures in Florence, Italy

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I originally wrote this on March 19, 2008.

Two days ago we took on the Uffizi Museum. It almost killed us. It’s really only one floor, with a couple rooms of paintings on another floor, but there was sooooo much walking and so much art to stop and look at, that our feet were more sore that night than they have been since we started this trip.

Rick Steves calls the Uffizi Museum the "greatest collection of Italian paintings anywhere." The art was phenomenal. There were three corridors of sculptures that we walked through first. Don’t ask me to name even one of them, because I can’t remember the artists or the names of the sculptures. Saying, "They were really cool," doesn’t really sum it up, but that’s pretty much all I can manage right now.

The rooms of paintings went in this order: Early Italian, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci, Venus de Medici, Northern Renaissance, High Renaissance, and Baroque. My favorite painting was Botticelli’s "Birth of Venus." There was also an El Greco that I really liked, but I can’t remember the name. Two saints were involved…

I’m cheating by looking at the Rick Steves Florence guide book, but here are some of the other paintings we saw: Gothic altarpieces, Paolo Uccello’s "Battle of San Romano," Fra Filippo Lippi’s Madonnas, Botticelli’s "La Calunnia," a copy of Praxiteles’ "Venus de Medici," Michelangelo’s only surviving easel painting "Holy Family," Raphael’s "Madonna of the Goldfinch," and Titian’s "Venus of Urbino."

Plus, a much needed break at the museum café offered a fantastic view of Il Duomo!

The Uffizi courtyard is surrounded by statues of famous Florentines: Michelangelo, Niccolo Machiavelli, Galileo, Dante, Amerigo Vespucci, and Lorenzo "the Magnificent" de’ Medici.

After an immensely enjoyable day at the museum, we limped along the 1-1/2 mile walk home.

Yesterday I took a day to rest in the apartment. Mom, Dad, and John walked to the yarn store (more than 3 miles round trip) to get Mom some new knitting needles. I believe they also made a trip to the grocery store, but I think I was napping at the time. Tomorrow, I am going to figure out the bus schedule. And memorize it.

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Posted by JoyC 09:58 Archived in Italy Tagged tourist_sites

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