After entering the Galleria, essential audioguide in hand, we weaved our way through a maze of rooms. Each room housed artworks of different time periods. In addition to these was the music room, which had on display antiquated and exquisite instruments, such as the Stradivarius violin tenore. Also, there was the fascinating room filled with the Italian masters' plaster casts of their marble sculptures.
Michelangelo's "David" was, of course, the highlight and showpiece of the Galleria. Standing imposingly under a dome designed specifically to shed light on his perfect form, one could not help but feel struck with awe.
Knowing that rain was predicted for the afternoon, after the Galleria we rushed to see Florence's Duomo and Ponte Vecchio. We had a lovely day making our way through the piazzas, past the stall holders and browsing through the shops which specialised in everything from tapestries and leather to clothing and jewellery. We also saw the stunning bronze doors of the Basilica of San Giovanni, more famously referred to by Michelangelo as "The Gates of Paradise"because of their detail and beauty.
|Eloise and Tricia at the San Lorenzo Markets, Florence|
|Sean, Brett, Brett Snr and Eloise near San Lorenzo Church|
|A perfect statue for Halloween?|
|The Duomo, Florence|
|The famous bronze doors, Florence|
|Bronze doors of the Baptistery of San Giovanni|
|The Duomos's beautiful sculpted exterior|
|Stained glass inside the Duomo, Florence|
|The Duomo's magnificent dome ceiling|
|The Duomo's interior and altar|
|Sean, Tricia and Brett in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence|
|The copy of David's statue in Palazzo Vecchio|
|Cellini's statue near the Uffizi Gallery|
|Ponte Vecchio, Florence|
|Florence - a fashion capital|
|Brett and Sean enjoy lunch at the "Hard Rock Cafe", Florence|
|Driving home in the rain through the streets of Florence|