Sue stands next to the Neptune Fountain in Piazza della Signoria.
Piazzas in Italy are still the gathering places they have been for centuries. Today, they attract tourists and often feature great architecture and opportunities to grab a drink and/or meal at an outdoor cafe.
One, the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, is breathtaking as a sculpture exhibit. In a place where a bell once signaled an important public meeting, people from around the world gather and take photos to record their visit.
The piazza features several sculpture of nudes entangled with each other. Can anyone identify this one?
From one piece of marble, Giambologna carved the Rape of the Sabine Women.
Leaves were painted for fall as we climbed Viale Niccolo Machiavelli.
A winding road as we begin our descent.
We returned to Florence today for a walk through the Uffizi, one of the city's top art museums. After more than an hour in a long line that moved little, we reluctantly moved on to Plan B. What a good decision.
We walked across the famed Ponte Vecchio (bridge) and, after a great lunch (see Possibly Our Favorite Meal post), we were on the far-less touristy side of Florence. We walked around the Boboli Gardens and up the winding Viale Niccolo Machiaveli next to a picturesque park, beautiful homes, and toward views of Florence.
We ended the walk with coffee, sitting in a cafe next to the Arno River, with a stunning view of the Ponte Vecchio. We missed a famous museum, but we made some fond memories.
A marker of the city center in the distance
After our walk, we pause for Americanos next to the Ponte Vecchio.
Not as flashy as the places that circle the piazzas, this restaurant was everything we hoped for!
We could have passed by without a second glance, but we were hungry and this “Mom and Pop” restaurant in Florence felt like a slice of old Italy.
He may have been the busiest of all the staff, but this pizza chef was most welcoming!
We took a chance and grabbed a couple stools at the counter, in front of the pizza oven. While the pizza chef calmly rolled out pizza after pizza, orders were shouted (in Italian) from the front counter.
Not a fancy meal, but boy did it taste delicious!
Amid the chaos, we enjoyed one of the best meals of our trip!
What iconic work of art is housed in this nondescript building? Along with many others, we waited about an hour to get inside, and it was worth every second.
We left the first room, turned the corner, and there it was! Seventeen feet tall, placed beneath a huge glass dome.
Hint: We were in Florence.