University of Florence

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  • Day339

    Day 340: Exploring Florence

    January 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Thankfully the weather had cleared today, so we headed out to do our filming. Unfortunately, it meant visiting many of the same spots we'd been to yesterday, only this time for the express purpose of filming which can be kind of frustrating at times, particularly for Shandos.

    Annoyingly, it was quite busy in town with a lot of tour groups roaming around. It was a sunny Saturday and I think plenty of locals were out in force too, so it was quite busy - probably the busiest place and most touristed place we've been in quite some time, maybe even since Cologne. Schnitzel was quite unsettled too, and despite being comfortably in his bag and being carried around, he just kept barking at all sorts of triggers. Normally he settles down and ignores them but today he just wouldn't.

    We ended up getting so frustrated with him that we eventually just took him back home and left him in the apartment. It would've had to happen anyway since we wanted to go inside a no-dogs park later, but his poor behaviour just accelerated the schedule. Had a delicious lunch at a sandwich place with very tasty cured meats and bread (I passed on the local specialty of sheep's stomach), then finished off our filming.

    We hadn't actually gone inside any of the main attractions (Duomo, town hall etc), but there were fairly long lines today and neither of us felt like queuing. Though apparently the Duomo in particular is quite plain inside, most of the treasures have been moved to separate (paid) museums.

    Filming largely done, we headed across the river to the Boboli Gardens which are attached to the Pitti Palace, largest residence of the Medicis. The gardens themselves are part of a separate world heritage site of Medici residences, though strangely that site doesn't include the palace, just the gardens! We spent a couple of hours wandering through the gardens and enjoying ourselves.

    Since they were early Italian Renaissance gardens, they had a big influence on garden design throughout Europe, particularly when the Medicis married into the French royal family and took their ideas with them.

    With the sun setting fast, we hiked up the hill nearby to Piazzale Michelangelo, where you get a fantastic view back across the city. We certainly weren't the only ones, as it was quite crowded up here but we managed to get a seat on some steps and enjoy the sunset. Lots of obnoxiously loud American college girls here for some reason, though they've been everywhere in Florence. I guess Italy is the obvious first European destination for Americans, and given their limited holiday time an itinerary of Rome-Florence-Venice makes the most sense. Just a bit strange!

    Having enjoyed the sunset with a beer from the handy nearby seller, we headed back down the hill and across the river into the city. Nothing to report from the evening, we stayed in and cooked pasta!
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  • Day338

    Day 339: Uffizi Gallery

    January 19, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    First day in Florence, and sadly it was raining! We had a few different things planned for the few days but nothing was locked in so we were able to shuffle, which was nice! Figured that since it was raining, we might as well head for the Uffizi Gallery which is obviously indoors.

    So off we went, arriving around 10am. Went straight in with no lines (though we'd pre-booked tickets the night before) and started going through. It's a huge collection so we skimmed some of the early stuff (pre-Renaissance religious art) but then took our time in other areas.

    The most notable works in the gallery are Botticelli's Birth of Venus (and it's less-famous twin, Primavera aka Spring), as well as a bunch of Raphael works downstairs. Although the Botticelli works were in a large room with crowds admiring them (I overheard an American guy say to his wife/girlfriend "I dunno [who/what it is], but it's really famous"), the Raphaels were in a small room, almost a hallway really. And they were just before the room with a couple of Leonardo works (clearly signposted), so most people just walked straight past them!

    Halfway round you get to the cafe and I felt like a rest and a coffee. But it was 2 euros for a cappuccino at the bar, or 5.50 for table service! I went with the bar option with was lucky, since the coffee itself was crap - probably the worst I've had in Italy. All milk and no flavour.

    Finished off the gallery around 2:30pm and headed home, via a sandwich shop where we both had paninis. Collected Schnitzel from the apartment and then spent the rest of daylight hours wandering around Florence. Exterior of the Cathedral, the Palazzo Vecchio, around the Ponte Vecchio etc.

    Eventually had an early dinner at a fancy organic pasta and pizza restaurant near our apartment. We shared a pizza and an entree which were both great.
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  • Day3

    Around Florence and Trattoria Mario

    September 18, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Efter Galileo gick vi genom stan på lite småvägar. Såg en del häftiga palats som mer liknade fort. Passerade "Nya marknaden" (1500-tal) med en staty av ett vildsvin som man skulle klappa för att säkerställa att man skulle komma tillbaka till Florens.
    Sen till Trattoria Mario och köade för ett bord. Kollade på närbelägen marknad under tiden, och fick bord efter va 30 minuter. Stimmigt och poppis ställe (tips i Lonely Planet) med en specialité: Bistecca alla Fiorentina. In kom en tallrik med den största köttbit man någonsin sett, 1,2kg t-bone steak som vi delade på. Otroligt gott men givetvis lite väl mycket. Väl värt besöket! Vi delade bord med ett amerikanskt trevligt par.
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  • Day1

    Florence, Italy - Accademia

    May 18, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 8:30 am

    Better than anyone else, Giorgio Vasari introduces in a few words the marvel of one of the greatest masterpieces ever created by mankind. At the Accademia Gallery, you can admire from a short distance the perfection of the most famous statue in Florence and, perhaps, in all the world: Michelangelo’s David.

    This astonishing Renaissance sculpture was created between 1501 and 1504. It is a 14.0 ft marble statue depicting the Biblical hero David, represented as a standing male nude. Originally commissioned by the Opera del Duomo for the Cathedral of Florence, it was meant to be one of a series of large statues to be positioned in the niches of the cathedral’s tribunes, way up at about 80mt from the ground. Michelangelo was asked by the consuls of the Board to complete an unfinished project begun in 1464 by Agostino di Duccio and later carried on by Antonio Rossellino in 1475. Both sculptors had in the end rejected an enormous block of marble due to the presence of too many “taroli”, or imperfections, which may have threatened the stability of such a huge statue. This block of marble of exceptional dimensions remained therefore neglected for 25 years, lying within the courtyard of the Opera del Duomo (Vestry Board).
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  • Day2

    Piazzale Michelangelo

    June 17, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Une grimpette plus loin et on arrive sur la place Michelangelo avec vue panoramique sur la ville. Magnifique. On se pose dans un café avec vue sur la ville sous la chaleur toscane. C'est très très beau.Read more

  • Day2

    Marathon ou resto?

    June 17, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    En allant au resto, on croise ds la rue 3 personnes qui courrent très très vite. C'est bizarre. Peu après on se rend compte qu'on est sur le tracé du marathon de Florence, qui a lieu ce soir à la fraîche (28°). Pas de barrière ni bcp de panneaux, les courreurs hésitent d'ailleurs parfois pour trouver leur chemin. On hésite à les suivre mais on préfère aller au resto. On a bien fait, c'était bon.Read more

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