Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Florence Scenes

A few pix of familiar sights from our first day in Florence...
In the Piazza del Duomo, the famous cathedral and its leaning
tower (nyuk, nyuk, nyuk)

In the Loggia dei Lanzi, off the Piazza dei
Signori, Giambologna's Rape of the Sabine
Women; most people figure all the sculptures
in the Loggia and Piazza are copies, since the
David is; but no, the Giambologna is in fact
the real thing, a single piece of marble, the
first vertical composition--later perfected by
Bernini with his Apollo and Daphne; with its
multiple perspectives, Giambologna added
bronze plaques to explain what was going on

And, in the Piazza, also the real thing, Giambologna's giant
equestrian bronze of Cosimo Medici

Dante's house


Right at the club-house turn of the Uffizi, with
the Duomo, the Palazzo Vecchio Tower, and
the (Gothic) Construction Crane in view

The Palazzo Vecchio from the Uffizi's bar (I
swear I only had an expresso)

Ponte Vecchio from the Uffizi

Perils of Google Translate: "Let's see, for my
Anti-Meal, I think I'll try the Mannered
Compound; and what kind of wine would you
recommend with the Compound?"

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