|The Central Market
|aisles and aisles of produce, nuts, pasta, oils, meats, spices....etc
|Tripe looks nasty even uncooked
|shark, front and center
|trash compactors in the city instead of trash cans
|Inside the Duomo
|a very beautiful and interesting 24 hour clock in the back of the church
|approaching the altar
|gorgeous painted dome begun in 1568 by Giorgio Vasari and completed by Federico Zuccari by 1579.
|the 3d illusion was amazing
|Inside the Cathedral Museum (Museo dell'Opera del Duomo)
|never completed by Michelangelo, but it was very interesting to see the chisel marks by the master himself
|The face of Nicodemus (or Joseph of Araminthea) is said to be the face of Michelangelo himself.
|Ghiberti's original Gates of Paradise doors from the baptistery, completely restored. Each 3d relief panel depicts scenes from the Old Testament and each scene depicts more than one even with that character.
|panel depicting Noah
|Depicting Isaac with Esau and Jacob
|more medici balls on a crest. The Medici crest is prominently displayed on buildings all over Florence and Tuscany which have connections to the family or which were financed with Medici money.
|the Baptistery with the replicated Gates of Paradise
|The Baptism of Christ. The original statues are located inside the Duomo Museum
|Baptistery with panels done by many different artists date from 1225.
|natural light floods in from the upper windows
|the original silver altar of St. John the Baptist is now inside of the Duomo Museum
|beautiful mosaics on the floor
|baptismal font made in 1370
|Arno river looking pretty muddy after all the rain
|street artist drawing with pastel
|translated: "Reason, Our Joy, Pray for us". I have no idea why that skull with the turned up heart shaped nose is under the cross?
|gallery of statues in the Loggia dei Lanzi along the Palazzo Vecchio
|the original Rape of the Sabine Women which we saw the plaster cast for in the Accademia
|Hercules and the Centaur (Giambologna with the help of Pietro Francavilla)
|the "other" David or known to us as the "fake David" found in Palazzo Vecchio
|inside the Uffizi
|beautiful ceilings in the Uffizi, the only thing we were allowed to photograph
|view from the Uffizi windows
|Palazzo Vecchio tower
|the fountain of Neptune in Palazzo Vecchio
|our dinner spot
|Prosecco to start the meal
|our dinner wine
|salad with pine nuts
|spaghetti with bolognese
|sauteed mushrooms that were pretty nasty
|steak with bacon and rosemary
|another version of steak
|interior room of where we were eating
|the "painted room"
|strange sculpture in the corner of our table
|flourless chocolate cake