On The Road: Florence, Part 2

Since it was the hub of the Renaissance, Florence is bursting at the seams the amazing art, architecture, literature and scientific discoveries of that time period. The whole city is pretty much like a museum.

Yesterday, we visited the Accademia to see Michaelanglo’s David, which is spectacular in person. I pretty much have no words for it other than that. We visited the Chapel of the Medici family and San Marco Church, where Dante, Michelangelo, Galileo and others are buried.

Finally, we climbed the 463 steps to the top of the dome at the Duomo for some of the best views of the city. It’s a bit harrowing on the way up. The staircases are windy and steep, the space gets very narrow the higher you go, and since there is only one staircase to get up and come down, you are sharing close personal space with others. In short, it’s a claustrophobic’s nightmare.

I got a bit of vertigo and had to hold on to the wall for a bit at the top before I was able to look out and see this:

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And, this:

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Totally worth it.

Today, we are picking up a rental car and are heading out for a few days in the countryside of Tuscany, so that’s all for now!

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