The Streets of Florence

Once I got past the hopelessly narrow streets and mastered the art of dodging scooters, I found myself lost in the history of art and architecture in Florence. Literally lost in some cases - the streets crisscross at odd angles and there's not really a consistent method of labeling streets - sometimes it's on a building, sometimes it's nowhere to be found! But that's okay! While you find your way, you'll stumble upon some of the most elaborate churches to be found. The Duomo sports marble in three different colors in intricate form. It also has the world's largest dome, and a tower with 463 steps to the top - and some in our group climbed them! We also saw the original sculpture of David by Michelangelo. In pictures, you think perhaps it's lifesize. I was taken aback by how larger than life it is - weighing in at four tons, it towers over the crowd. The detail is breathtaking, right down to the veins in the feet. It's an atmosphere even those who don't consider themselves art lovers can appreciate. There's also shopping! The city sports several markets around the various squares where many of us tested our bargaining skills. Judging by the shopping bags bulging the suitcases, some of you back home are in for lovely souvenirs!

 The city's largest church, El Duomo, lit up at night.


 Daylight reveals even more intricate views.

 The view from Ponte Vecchio at night.

 Ponte Vecchio is the only original bridge left in Florence.

 Rubbing the boar's nose is said to bring luck.

 Dave made extra sure he'd find good fortune!

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