|Za-Za's our delicious lunch spot
|Za-Za's has an expansive menu. this is the "english" side
|Tortellini with Truffle and Cream sauce with Ham
|Ravioli with Bolognese and Cream (not much cream however)
|very cheesy lasagna!
|the cutest cappuccino cups
|the highlight of our day...Michelangelo's David in the Accademia
|the Basilica of San Lorenzo
|The Medici Chapel
|The Italians drink their espresso fast while standing at a "bar". We saw people (not Italians) drinking their coffee in paper take away cups probably from this place. Why would you go to Italy for an "American Experience"
|Santa Maria Novella Church
|the Florence fleur-de-lis is everywhere
|beautiful sculpture adorns random doorways everywhere you look
|Palazzo Strozzi-an example of Florentine Renaissance domestic architecture. Built in 1489-1538 for the wealthy Filippo Strozzi by Benedetto da Malano and Simone del Pollaluolo
|Piazza della Repubblica- marks the site of the Forum, the center of the Roman City.
|the arch installed in the late 1800's after the city "improved" the area by sweeping out the city's old ghetto. the inscription at the top is translated as " The ancient center of the city/restored from age-old squandor/to new life"
|The Baptistery in the front, the Cathedral di Santa Maria del Fiore (commonly known as Duomo) in the back
|The largest brick dome ever constructed. Engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi.
|Begun in 1296 and completed in 1436. It is covered with Polychrome Marble panels in shades of green and pink
|the level of detail on these buildings requires a lot of inspection
|and it requires a lot of concentration
|mosaics above the door
|a replica of the east Baptistery door that faces the Duomo.
|the Courtyard of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi
|we noticed these "medici balls" everywhere. they symbolize the crest of the medicis
|we were walking along the palace and were surprised to see a door panel open and people come out
|our dinner spot
|wine of the region
|steak with green peppercorn sauce
|steak with rocket and cheese (i don't remember what kind but it was good)
|spaghetti with simple tomato sauce
|Fried zucchini flowers
|steak and fried pototoes
|Brian and I had lemon sorbet which came served in a frozen lemon and looked like something from the sea