Last weekend we went to Florence at the invitation of some Florentine friends. It was a wonderful time of the year to visit the city - much less people, gorgeous autumn colours and good weather for walking around. It was Rob's first time so all new to him.
Thanks to our friends, we were lucky enough to have a personal guide to tell us all about Michelangelo's David. I had seen it before but learnt lots of things - Michelangelo was 89 when he died and only 29 when he finished David; he never had a "dummy run" but cut straight into the marble; the ankles bear all the weight hence the bit of "tree" at the base to give support and lots more!
We wandered over the Ponte Vecchio (originally full of butcher shops!), past the Uffizi to the Palazzo Vecchio (where our friends had been married 20 years ago) and the Loggia dei Lanzi (where you will find The Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna) in Piazza della Signoria and on to see the Duomo and the Battistero. We ate lots of delicious chocolate; had coffee and cake just near the Piazza della Republica and a great dinner at a Trattoria outside the Porta Romana.
Perfect way to spend a weekend. Rob's opinion of Florence - "Stunning!"