The front of the Duomo and the base of the bell tower
An ornate window on the Duomo
The bell tower, designed by Giotto, stands next to the Duomo
Interior of the Duomo
The city of Florence has a very famous Baptistry, separate from the church. Only baptized persons were allowed to enter it; but I wonder how they checked to see who was or was not baptized.
We looked briefly into the Baptistry where I noticed the lovely altar. It seemed that the people who built these places took great care to place artwork on everything.
Inside the Baptistry
There was a pattern of the figures inside the dome of the Baptistry:
Outside around Jesus, the Judge: “Last Judgement”
Next row: Choirs of angels
Next row: Stories from the book of Genesis
Next row: Stories of Joseph
Next row: Stories of Mary and Christ
Next row: Stories of St. John the Baptist
Inside row: Ornamental mosaics
The mosaics on the inside of the Baptistry dome
Closeup of Jesus the Judge
There was also a memorial to Pope John XXIII
The Bargello Courtyard
Courtyard with shields
Cosimi I portrayed as Augustus by Vincenzo Dante
Saint John the Baptist by Pieratti
Bartolomeo Ammannati designed a number of statues for a project called The River Fountain. The picture shows the completed view when finally assembled. These statues were completed individually, but never put together.
The complete River Fountain
Juno, the personification of air, and Arno the river god
Ceres, goddess of earth, and River Arbia, a goddess
Prudence by Ammannati
Oceanus by Giambologna
The Fisherboy by Vencenzo Gemito
Virgin and Child by Vincenzo Dante
Two sandstone lions guarding the exit
The Apollo/David by Michelangelo
Bacchus and Panther
Michelangelo's Plaza is on the opposite side of the Arno River. From a bridge over the Arno, we could see the basilica San Miniato al Monte on a distant hill. It looked appealing, but we could not go everywhere.
The Ponte Vecchio Bridge was useful as well as beautiful
We caught our bus near the bridge and rode up to Michelangelo Plaza from which we might obtain a different view of Florence.
The city really did look different from this perspective. It was fun to record our whole group of four together at this well-known viewpoint.
We noticed that all the tour groups were led by a guide who carried an umbrella or a flag tied to a tall stick, so as to be easily seen, if someone should become lost. Art used my monopod as his stick with its handle as a flag, and we all had a good laugh.
It was interesting to see the wall from medieval times, which still surrounds the city.
A bronze copy of Michelangelo's statue of David stood in the center of the plaza; it was badly streaked by the rain.
Florence itself was interesting from this viewpoint.
The dome of the Duomo, and Giotto's Bell Tower
There was a small lake/pond in the middle of the gardens, and many manicured paths leading off in various directions.
We enjoyed the small lunch we had brought along. In the Gardens we found a lovely pool.
The Pitti Palace had nothing to do with sympathy, but rather was the name of a wealthy family.
Amid all this beautiful art work stood a statue of a humble monk.