Jeff's Blog - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - Florence Day 1

Today I started slowly with a leisurely breakfast in my B&B room. It was rolls and coffee that reminded me of that first time Germany, Jamie, but I do like my coffee strong. The B&B consists of about 8 rooms on the 3rd floor of a building, and my window opens onto the square on the south side of the duomo -- that means when I look out my window, Florence Cathedral is about 200 feet to my center-right, it's Campanile (bell tower) is extreme right, and I can almost touch its Bapistry, 60 feet across the piazza. After breakfast I toured the cathedral museum (sound the "wrong answer" buzzer here -- it's closed for renovation) then the Campanile, the cathedral, and the Bapistry. A quick walk to the north edge of town took me to lunch near the Galleria dell'Accademia, followed by entry into that museum, where Michelangelo's David is located. That's the picture below. This sculpture is his most famous and helped solidify the new outlook of the Renaissance. Next I went to the museum of archaeology (lots of ancient Etruscan stuff and some Roman stuff, very poorly presented for an English-only reader, how dare they not tailor their culture to my convenience) and a museum of Leonardo Da'Vinci's machines. Tomorrow is the Uffizi Gallery (this is the supposed to be the crown jewel of art museums in Italy), and the Bargallo museum, hopefully loaded with sculptures, just like a good museum should.

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