5 days in Florence
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Tour of Historical Florence and Uffizi Gallery
Our guided tour of Historical Florence started at the Piazza del Duomo in front of the Cathedral. We learned about the history of each of the buildings (Baptistry, Cathedral, Dome, Bell Tower), and then our guide, Ulisse, pointed out many of the towers that made up the old city, the city “gates”, and the piazzas. We spent some time on the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, continued under the arches that lead to the Uffizi, and eventually went through the Gallery itself.
The story about the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Palazzo Pritti, the Uffizi and the Medici dynasty was fascinating. Ulisse tied everything together, and seeing all of the buildings while hearing the history was very interesting. I must not have been paying attention in World History class….
It was worthwhile to take a tour with a knowledgeable guide; she pointed out details that we would have definitely missed, and she made sure that we saw the “important” paintings and sculptures in the museum. Definitely a worthwhile afternoon!!
We ended our day taking a few more photos at sunset, getting huge cones of gelato (dark chocolate and crème caramel for me, coffee for Mike), and charging all of our electronic devices in preparation for our trip up the coast to Portofino tomorrow.