Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Naked Statues And Long Lines......In Florence, Italy.....

Less than a one hour drive from our present house sit is the city of Florence, Italy the birthplace of the Renaissance. The capital of the Tuscany region, Florence is home to many museums, art galleries, cathedrals, and other tourist attractions.  The historic city center attracts more than 18 million tourists a year and is known for its culture, architecture, monuments and Renaissance art.

Everyone told us to take the bus into Florence since driving and parking in the city is reserved ONLY for locals.  Anyone caught driving in the limited access zone will be fined several hundred euros. But despite what we were told Clyde is always up for an adventure so off we went for a drive in. As usual Clyde did his research before we left the house and had a plan in mind.

The scenic 45-minute drive from the house took us past colorful vineyards where leaves had changed from the normal green to the colors of fall.  Rows of bright yellow, red and lime green leaves of the grape vines cover the hillsides reflecting off the sun in a radiant hue. Olive groves are strewn with tarps on the ground as farm hands pick the fruits of the season. The occasional castle can be spotted high up on a hillside overlooking the valley below. In the six or seven weeks we've been in Italy now the beauty of the landscape has been ever changing, yet still never ceases to amaze and delight us.

Cypress Trees Are Everywhere

Drove By This Yesterday
An Abundance Of Vineyards And Wine Tastings

Colorful Vineyards

As we pulled into Florence we headed directly to a parking lot on the edge of the city. Our plan was to leave our rental car there and take a public bus into the historic city center. Nearby we waited at the, "fermata," or bus stop until our bus arrived.  Soon we disembarked the bus amidst the hoards of tourists in downtown Florence. And where there are tourists there are lines......long lines to get into special attractions. 

Our first stop was The Galleria dell Accademia to see the famous statue of David done by Michelangelo.  But before we could see the incredible work of art first we'd have to wait in line, with the thousands of other tourists. As soon as we took our place in line we were approached by a girl selling tours.  We declined the tour but then were enticed by her offer to get us into the museum immediately bypassing the long line. While the normal price of admission was 8 euros per person for 15 euros each she could walk us directly in. We looked at each other and said, "let's do it." So in we went to see the famous sculptures, artwork and more.

Michelangelo's Statue Of David
Very Impressive!

From there we made our way around the city for the rest of the day, enjoying the sights, sounds, smells and tastes. When we had enough we took another bus back to the parking lot where our car was parked. Surprisingly we paid just 2 euros for the whole day of parking, a great bargain apparently because it was so far from the historic part of town.

Cathedral Of Santa Maria Del Fiore

Ponte Vecchio Over The Arno River
Filled With Jewelry Shops

Shops With Apartments Above

Another day of exploring naked statues, artwork, monuments and long lines of tourists in Florence, Italy......along the gringo trail.

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