Sunday in Florence. It's quiet. Fewer shops/attractions are open. Church bells are ringing sporadically. We headed south to the Arno from our hotel on Via Palazzuolo, then strolled along toward the Ponte Vecchio (we turned left/east and headed along the north coast).
|Couple of guys fishing.|
|Now that's a view to which Alfred might really enjoy his funky drink.|
We had some time on our hands, so we had a little photo shoot along the way.
|I don't mean to brag but... I should consider working as a photographer .|
|Not even close.|
|I guess the anchor selection is pretty slim at this juncture of the river.|
|Is that a combination lock in there? Someone didn't fully understand the concept...|
|Nothing can stop Gemma and Pol's love.|
In the Museo Galileo, which it is formally called, we found an incredible selection of old school science toys. It's our kind of museum.
|What is this, a leveler?|
|Globe of the heavens (likely with the earth at the center)|
|Ultra mega super globe of the heavens.|
|More different globe of the heavens (stars).|
A lot of the museum is dedicated to the works of Galileo, favorite son of Florence. Galileo was the first guy to take a telescope, which was originally designed as a military technology, and point it upward. He basically invented astronomy as we know it. He discovered that the moon had craters, and that Venus had phases, and that Jupiter had moons, and was persecuted for claiming that the Sun, not the Moon is the center of the solar system. He was an all-around astronomical bad-ass.
|Galileo drawings of the moon and the shadows created by craters.|
|This is apparently how you used to weigh a person.|
|Stand back! I'm going to try science!!|
|Gotta just grab that mortar and pestle so I can grind up some sulfur to get rid of the bad spirits in the blood.|
|Which drawer contained the leeches?|
|We took a in the middle of the bridge.|
We arrived to the Pitti Palace, just a little bit South of the Ponte Vecchio. While we waited to meet back up with our machatunim there, we watched an Italian kid play out an extremely entertaining exercise in futility:
The Pitti Palace is sprawlingly gigantic. It was the main residence of the Medicis, and was used as a base for Napoleon. Today, it encompasses about 8 museums under the same roof, not counting the - also sprawling - Boboli Gardens that are attached to the palace. The Florence card is valid at all of these museums. We visited the main ones, and a couple of obscure ones. The draw of these museums is mostly: here's how the Medicis used to live. Murals, moldings, private chapels, and lots and lots of tchotchkes. Those Medicis sure loved their tchotchkes.
|This statuette is smashing!|
|Collect them all! Each sold separately.|
|Each color on this table is created by another kind of stone fitted perfectly into the table.|
|Gabinetto di Rubens, by Cornelis de Ballieur II|
We finished up at the Pitti Palace having visited many of the museums there (including the costume gallery which, for the record, is worth skipping). Next, we spent about an hour or so strolling through the Boboli Gardens.
|Amphitheater in the gardens.|
The garden is also also a statuary... so the Medicis would have something nice to look at besides miles and miles of perfectly trimmed hedges and lawns.
|We are tourists.|
|The Palazzo Vecchio!|
|My parents at the Arno.|
|A stray love padlock.|
Strolled lazily back to our hotel. Had to prepare to go to Venice bright and early the next morning. Our walk took us through the Piazza della Repubblica - which is very beautiful at night.