Sunday, 6 February 2011

Story behind the photo - Florence + Pisa

Florence. A city probably best known for its art, much of it collected by the Medici family (they were the ruling family in Florence for centuries) The last descendants left the family's art collection to the city of Florence, with the proviso that it be displayed in Florence and never leave the city - you can see it today in the Uffizi Gallery (an aside, if you are ever going to visit Florence and want to see the gallery, then pre-buy tickets, otherwise you will stand in a looooong queue)

When the tour visited Florence, we only had one night there - which translated into half a day in the city. Long enough for a visit to a leather shop, a walking tour, and a little bit of free time. In Florence (as in all of Italy), tour groups have to use local guides, and the one our tour had showed us the main sights of the city. This photo is taken in the Piazza della Signoria, one of the main squares in Florence, located right next to the Uffizi gallery. There are many statues in the square, including a replica of David by Michaelangelo (the real one is in the Accademia gallery) (see here for more information). The walking tour ended at the Duomo, which is the main church in Florence. A couple of friends and I climbed the bell tower nearby....the views at the top were just about worth it.

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