Florence, Italy
Date:
01/11/1999

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More scooters and motorcycles

Scooters and motorcycles are abundant in Florence. The narrow streets make automobiles a nuisance, but the cycles can whisk and wind through anything.


 
Street vendors with scarves, lighters, fake designer handbags and inexpensive, fine quality belts fill the walkways of Florence.

Cappelle Medicee, begun in 1605


 
Jim napping with Medici Chapel in the background

Michelangelo designed the New Sacristy in the Cappelle Medicee (Medici Chapels). Unfortunately it was closed when we visited.


 
The Duomo achieves the goal given to the architect Arnolfo di Cambio in 1926 to build 'the loftiest, most sumptuous edifice human invention could devise'.

Florence's Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore), completed in 1436


 
Filippo Brunelleschi's dome is one of the many highlights of Florence's Duomo (cathedral).


 
PAIGE'S OBSERVATIONS
 
1 November 1999 - Since today is All Saints Day, many places are closed like the local health club but what a great coincidence for us. We opted to use the hotel's bicycles and cycle through the park along the Arno River for a couple of hours enjoying warm, sunny weather with a gentle breeze. What a fabulous way to spend the morning! Hundreds of Italians out doing the same - cycling, rollerblading, running, fishing, strolling with babies and stretching. A small amusement area with adolescent rides attracted many children with their parents.

In the early afternoon, we walked to the Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore), which achieves the goal given to the architect Arnolfo di Cambio to build 'the loftiest, most sumptuous edifice human invention could devise'. This is a huge cathedral several blocks in size with more peaks and points than is imaginable.

The interior is Italian Gothic and not as impressive as the exterior. Most of the artwork has been moved to a nearby museum, but two equestrian frescoes with 15th century heroes/soldiers still adorn one wall. The real distinction of the Duomo is Filippo Brunelleschi's dome, which is a dome within a dome - an engineering feat copied in cathedrals ever since its development.

We walked to the Cappelle Medicee (Medici Chapels) but found this closed. Michelangelo designed the New Sacristy, which is why I wanted to visit.

 

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