October 1997 and May 1998
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The Ponte Vecchio
The Florence Gail and I visited in October was cold and
rainy. We visited the
, the Piazza della Signoria
, waited in line for the magnificence of
The Uffizi Gallery
, went through the Pitti
and shopped on the Ponte Vecchio. It was bitterly cold, but it was
still Florence, and we loved it. The photo of the Ponte Vecchio at
the top of the page was taken from a window in the Uffizi.
In May Ray and I enjoyed sunshine and were more patient about
waiting in lines and walking extensively. Of course we went to the
cathedral and its Baptistery
, We went to the
to get our quota of David photos, visited
, the Medici Chapels
, Santa Maria Novella
, and the Uffizi. Visited the
, which closes at 2:00, which means 1:45! We checked out the grain
spouts at Orsanmichele
, and then had lunch at a restaurant opposite it to study the statues on its
exterior. On our last day, we drove to
for it's breathtaking views. We attended Sunday Mass at
with a bishop and four priests! If you have seen the PBS
special called "Michelangelo Restored," many of his Florentine works
were shown on it, especially the Medici Chapel.
Here's a great link to information about Florence