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Dante at Santa Croce
Favorite thing: This statue of Dante stands just outside the main entrance of Santa Croce. Inside the church there are many graves and monuments. This history found inside this church is amazing. One of the graves inside the church is Dante's. I was literally overwhelmed walking amoung the crypts and monuments inside this church. Michaelanglo, Dante, and Galileo are just a few of the people whose crypts are within the walls of this church.
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Who is that guy in the hat with Baccus?
Favorite thing: While we were in the Boboli Gardens I wanted to find the statue of Baccus on the back of the turtle. I collect turtles and try to find souvineers with turtles on them when I travel. Its one of those strange things the guys in hats do when they travel. I saw a picture in a guide book of this statue at the Boboli Gardens and just had to have my picture taken with it. However we could not find it at the gardens. We did not buy a guide for the gardens. That was our first mistake. The gardens are huge with a very steep incline. After climbing the hills and and walking all over the gardens we were still unable to find the statue of Baccus. Finally exhausted we decided to give up our hunt and leave. On our way to the exit we found Baccus. He was located right next to the exit gates of the garden. Lesson to be learned from this: BUY A GUIDE BOOK.
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- Historical Travel
Explore the 3 sets of doors in the Baptistery
Favorite thing: Explore the 3 sets of doors in the Baptistery:
1) South Doors by Andrea Pisano with STORIES OF THE LIFE OF THE BAPTIST & ALLEGORIES OF THE VIRTUES.
2) North Doors by Ghiberti with STORIES FROM THE NEW TESTAMENTS, EVANGELISTS & DOCTORS OF THE CHURCH.
3) East Doors (GATES OF PARADISE), Ghiberti's masterpiece with STORIES FROM THE OLD TESTAMENTS, commissioned by the Arte dei Mercanti in 1425.
Gates of Paradise are divided into 10 panels:
L1. Creation of Adam & Eve
L2. Noah & his family offering sacrifice after having left the ark
L3. Birth of Esau & Jacob. Sale of the birthright of the 1st born.
L4. Moses receives the Tables of the Law.
L5. Battle against the Philistines. David kills Goliath.
R1. Sacrifice of Cain & Abel. Cain kills Abel. God reproves Cain.
R2. The Angels appear to Abraham.
R3. Joseph sold to the merchants.
R4. The people of Israel in the River Jordan. The Fall of Jericho.
R5. Solomon receives the Queen of Sheba.
- Family Travel
Favorite thing: Pose next to the very famous bronze figures cast from the original sculptures by MICHELANGELO (DAVID & the 4 ALLEGORICAL STATUES that decorate the Medici tombs in the New Sacresty of San Lorenzo)
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Sulla Piazza della Signoria
Favorite thing: stay on Piazza della Signoria to see the Palazzo Ducale and to visit the Museum Uffici Gallery which contents some marvellous works of the Italian Renaissance.
Fondest memory: Have a look at the David of Michel Ange (a bit small on the photograph). Its body proportions are volontarily wrong to give a good impression viewed from the feets of the statue.
- Family Travel
The Medici Family Crest
Favorite thing: Throughout Florence, you will without a doubt see this peculiar shield with six balls prominently displayed on buildings all over town. It is the family crest of the Medici, the most famous family in Florence.
For more information on the history of the Medici family go to this site:
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Favorite thing: Michelangelo was born March 6, 1475
His father placed him in the workshop of the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio.
His father had connections with the Medici family (ruling family of Florence). After 2 years of studying art, he was invited to the household of Lorenzo de Medici.
His most famous sculpture is David, which was made between 1501 and 1504. It is the symbol of Florence and is 14.24 feet tall (4.34m). It was originally placed in the Piazza della Signoria in from of the Pallazo Vecchio.
Fondest memory: Seeing Michaelangelos only painting. Unfortunately, like the Sisteen Chapel, security will not let you take a picture of it.
YOU MUST SEE IT YOURSELF, it is very special and valuable piece of art.
Favorite thing: Don't miss the Baptistery doors. The Door of Paradise was carved by Ghiberti and is located at Piazza San Giovanni.
this is one of the oldest buildings in Firenze. the three sets of gilded bronze doors were the artists' way of giving Firenze a voice about the deliverance of plague.
Favorite thing: The Boboli Gardens are just behind the Pitti Palace. They are very large and have some very steep hills. Be prepared for lots of walking and lots of climbing. But they are worth the efforts. The art work combined with the gardens are very beautiful. Also there are some unusual sculptures and pieces of sculptures throughout the gardens. This one pictured here really caught my interest.
David at the Vecchio Palace
Favorite thing: This is a replica of Michaelanglo's David. It stands outside of the Vecchio Palace where the original David once stood. To protect it from vandalism David was moved to Galleria della Accadamia. This replica gives you a perspective on the size of the statue. There are several replica's of David throughout Florence.
Rape of Sabine
Favorite thing: Florence is a city of art. That is the only way to descibe it. There are sculptures and statues everywhere. Here is a replica of one of my favorite sculptures, The Rape of Sabine. The original is in the Galleria Della Accademia. There is a no photography rule at the gallery. This statue fascinated me. Out of one piece of stone three very detailed individuals were created. And there is such a story in just this one statue. There is the older man being defeated by the younger man who is raping the Sabine woman. With just a piece of stone such drama was created. This replica is found just outside of the Vecchio Palace.
Favorite thing: Florence isn't exactly an adrenaline-junky's delight, catering more to addicts of caffeine, expensive shoes and naked babies with wings. If you're desperate for a leg stretch and a bit of fresh air, a stroll around the Giardino di Boboli is recommended - the views from here aren't bad either. You can also take full and half-day mountain bike tours of the countryside around Florence, or rent a bike and tangle with the traffic in town.
Fondest memory: Giardinio di Boboli and the Neptune Fountain.
Visit the Uffizi Gallery....
Favorite thing: Visit the Uffizi Gallery. 'Uffizi' means 'offices' - the building was meant for them. Later they turned the 3rd floor into one of the greatest art galleries in the world. When I was there some halls were closed because of the act of terrorism that took place some years before.
Fondest memory: It is not necessary to say that in numerous halls of the Gallery you'll feast your eyes with the works of great masters.
PHOTO : THE STATUE OF DAVID...
PHOTO : THE STATUE OF DAVID AT PIAZZA MICHELANGELO...
Among the sculptures by Michelangelo are DAVID and the four PRISONERS. The latter were begun for the ill fated tomb of JULIUS II in Rome, but were never completed. Michelangelo's DAVID originally stood in front of the Palazzo Vecchio at the beginning of the 16th century....not sure why they move it to a new location. It was moved to the Galleria and was replaced by the copy which now stands in its original location.
Visit the Uffizi Gallery,...
Favorite thing: Visit the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria , Academia (El David).
The other thing you must do is eat ice cream (gelato). When i was there i have ice cream for lunch and for dinner, is yumy and they hava a lot of different flavors.
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