We depart Calboccia (in Umbria) and drive north for a couple of hours to Florence (in Tuscany). Here , in the middle of an early October week, crowds of tourists surround the Duomo.
The front of the Duomo. (Infra red image converted to B&W.)
One of the Duomo's several entrances.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiori, commonly known as the Duomo, was begun in 1296 and completed in 1434.
Brunelleschi designed and supervised the construction of the Duomo's massive dome. Completed in 1434, it is considered one of our world's architectural wonders.
An ambulance rushes by with siren blaring, causing the artist to plug her ears.
This 265 ft tall structure, Giotto's Belltower, is adjacent to the Duomo. Completed in 1359, it was designed by the great Florentine artist Giotto. He was also supervising construction of the Duomo, until his death in 1337.
Q: Is it "Gelato Time" yet?
A: It's always "Gelato Time!"
A short walk from the Duomo is the Piazza dela Signoria. Just to the right of the center building, Palazo Vecchio (1322), is the world famous Ufizzi Gallery. In front of the Palazzo's right corner is a marble statue of Hercules, which will be seen in the next image. The structure with the three large arches is the Loggia dei Lanzi (1382). Beneath it's left arch is a bronze statue of Perseus. It's the image that follows Hercules.
This marble statue by Baccio Bandinelli depicts the demi-god Hercules with Cacus, a fire-belching monster he has just killed. The club held by Hercules is made of aluminum, not the original bronze.
Here we see an early form of "justice," Cellini's bronze statue of "Perseus with the head of Medusa."
This Land Rover Discovery police vehicle is used for a modern form of justice.
Passing through this arch, which is part of the Uffizi Gallery, takes us to the River Arno.
This statue of Galileo is located just to the right of the Uffizi arch.
Cellini stands nearby to Galileo.
The pedestrian bridge Pont Vecchio (Old Bridge) spans the River Arno.
Another view of Pont Vecchio. The original river crossing, a wooden bridge built in 972, was washed away by a flood in 1333. This stone bridge was built in 1345, and has always contained many shops.
A bust of Cellini resides on the Pont Vecchio, with the Pont Santa Trinita in the background.
While walking on Pont Vecchio you are confronted with an amazing number of shops selling jewelry of pearls, gold, precious, and semi-precious stones.
This elaborate over-sized watch ("The U-Boat") appears to be priced at 16,000 euros. I passed on it.
If jewelry isn't on your shopping list, there is always leather.
This shiny-nosed boar welcomes you into yet more shopping opportunities.
Perhaps you'd be interested in a leather jacket, a wallet, or a pocket book?
All that walking demands a bit of sustenance, no? Our walk ends back at our hotel where we check out, get the car, and drive on to Milan.