J Jr. pretending to fall in the supports for the Duomo
Goofing off at the Duomo Museum
One of the Baptistry doors on display at the Duomo Museum
Another door on display
There was a model of the sculptures on the Cathedral
Yet another Baptistry door
Guess what it is...another door!
Michelangelo's Pieta at the Museum - important sculpture in which Nicodemus became a self-portrait of Michelangelo himself. He became so frustrated while making this sculpture that he broke off Christ's leg. Yikes! The piece was finished by another artist (which is why Mary Magdalene is so small and looks different than the others). Regardless, it is a moving piece of art.
A cool view of the Duomo from the Duomo Museum
Next, we headed to the Palazzo Vecchio. Obviously, we haven't climbed a gazillion steps yet on this day. It was an amazing view from the tower. Not as high as the other two, but still impressive.
The white church is Santa Croce - which we will get to in a bit.
Cathedral, Duomo and Campanile
We then headed downstairs to the different floors of the palace. We saw the Room of 500, apartments, terraces, etc. We didn't take many pictures here. You start to become numb to some of these things. It is sad but true. OK, I just looked and we didn't take any pictures here.
After the palace, we grabbed a bite to eat. We found a local hot spot down an alley, quite by accident. It was on both sides of the alley and both lines were out the door! So we had our focaccia sandwiches, walked a few blocks away, and popped a squat on a bench.
We were close to Santa Croce at this point. The church has a lovely facade, which was captured in many other pictures we took from all our tower climbing. Here are a few pics from inside the church and museum.
I think this picture is in the wrong spot. It is probably part of Palazzo Vecchio. Sorry!
You can see the tombs in the floor. We figured they were more like memorial "tombs".
A view of one end of the church
Joe with Dante Alighieri - Writer of "Divine Comedy" and author of the Italian language
Poor Dante, lost his head!
My cutie pies!
Part of the Santa Croce Museum
Next, we walked for miles (it felt like it at least...after 3 days of this, I thought I might die!) to the Pitti Palace. We toured the gardens (well, part of them...see the comment about fatigue above), Modern Art museum and some of us toured the apartments. Some of us decided we'd like some refreshments and to sit on our derrieres for a bit of time. I won't reveal which members were in each group...but the croissant was delicious and so was the coffee!
The pond in the gardens at Pitti Palace
My boy at an overlook in the gardens
People just hanging out at the gardens...a few of us are on that bench and hill
Yep, there we are!
There is nothing better than a hill to climb on when you are 6 and 10!
Oh no! He got stabbed in the head
Well, I guess some guys never learn. :P
Joe and J Jr. trying to be creative
Yeah, it isn't working
Walking the gardens
Me and my honey
A hollowed-out tree...oh wait, there's a head in there!
KK and me in front of a forbidden part.
I think he was drinking from the garden water. ha!
Selfie with my baby girl
Oops! I think some pics are out of order!
These little Fiats make us laugh...I keep telling Boo she should take one home with her for when she drives.
My peeps on the Arno River overlook
Hot chocolate, Florence style
Filled donuts can be messy!