And a flying visit to Pisa!
10.05.2014 - 11.05.2014 24 °C
We have enjoyed lovely spring weather in the city of the Medici and have wasted no time in getting out and about. First port of call was the massive Pitti Palace which is just behind our apartment.
We didn't venture in (I have already seen its treasures on a previous visit) but we continued on down towards the Ponte Vecchio passing the usual tourist shops. Something for everyone here.
The girls were dazzled by all the gold and sparkling trinkets in the many jewellery shops on the 'Old Bridge'
And they admired the views of the Arno and the city.
We then ventured into town and had lunch before passing through the Piazza della Signoria where the Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery are located.
Bronnie and I have visited both the palace and gallery before so we settled for a wander around the open air statuary, some of which was a bit bloodthirsty, such as Perseus slaying the Medusa and the Rape of the Sabine Women.
After more delicious gelati, the girls (big and small) were flagging so we returned to the apartment for a rest. As I hadn't had my culture fix for the day I used this opportunity to pop over the road to visit the beautiful church of San Spirito.
Dating from the mid 1400s, it boasts a Brunelleschi dome (a smaller version than the Duomo) and a myriad of impressive Renaissance religious art. You weren't allowed to take photos but I snuck a few.
We had dinner in the adjoining Piazza before retiring for our trip to Pisa the next day.
Sunday was of course Mother's Day so the girls treated B to breakfast in bed. They surprised her with some earrings that had been admired by B in Venice ( I sneakily arranged to return to the shop later to purchase them).
After breakfast we ventured back onto the other side of the river to visit the Duomo on the way to the bus.
After lunch at a local pizzeria we hopped on the bus for the tour to Pisa. The girls were chuffed to see this tourist icon and naturally the usual naff photos of holding up (and pushing over) the tower were taken.
After sauntering around the gorgeous Campo Di Miracoli (Field of Miracles) containing the tower and the adjoining cathedral and baptistery, we found yet another gelateria to refresh the girls before returning to the bus to travel back to Florence through the picturesque Tuscan countryside. It's off to Rome on the morrow so after dinner at another little trattoria on the Piazza San Spirito it was back to the apartment to pack up for the last Italian leg of our journey.