I ate a lot of gelato.
The appetizer dish of bruschetta with a chicken liver spread was scrumptious, while the tripe dish a la Florentine was a pleasant surprise.
We walked all over the heart of the city, visited several churches and plazas, and enjoyed the sights.
The Duomo and the Bell Tower as seen from a terrace cafe at the Uffizi Museum.
Palazzo Vecchio as seen from a terrace cafe at the Uffizi Museum.
In front of the Duomo.
In front of the Duomo.
Santa Croce Basilica.
A model of Leonardo Da Vinci's Flying Machine.
In front of the Fountain of Neptune at Piazza della Signoria.
A replica of Michaelangelo's Statue of David at Piazza della Signoria.
Statue of Perseus holding up the severed head of Medusa, at the Piazza della Signoria.
Statue of Hercules beating the Centaur Nessus, at the Piazza della Signoria.
View of the Duomo from Piazza dell Santissima Annunziata.
The selection of cured meat at the Mercato Centrale.
But most of all, I enjoyed seeing the rich collection of art work at the Accademia Gallery, the Uffizi Museum, at the various cathedral and churches, and in public squares. The buildings which houses the art collection in Uffizi and Accademia are non descript as seen from the following pictures:
But inside these unremarkable buildings are priceless works of art, especially those created during the great Renaissance period. Additional pictures can be seen in my flickr page.
I was warned initially not to take pictures inside the Accademia Gallery as I approached the Michaelangelo’s statue of David. I then proceeded to walk behind the statue and tried to sneak in a few more flashless shots. An overzealous museum attendant noticed me with the camera and walked up to me to give me a stern warning. The warning consisted of her asking me to put my camera away, reminding me that I was a visitor of the country, and not only threatened to kick me out of the museum, but also out of the country, if I continue to take pictures. Mind you, that countless other people were taking pictures. I, along with many others, were able to take photos earlier from other parts of the museum without any problem. Most people were gently reminded not to take any pictures by the other attendants. Anyway, the picture below of the colossal David was worth all the hassle I got from the museum attendant.