Firenze … Renaissance City (Part II)

Tomb of Michelangelo

Tomb of Michelangelo

Polly and I began day three in this Renaissance city with a visit to the Basilica of Santa Crocé in Piazza Santa Crocé. Having toured dozens of cathedrals and duomos on our Italian holiday, I was curious as to what this one may offer that varied much from the others we visited. Ummm … just the tombs of Danté, Michelangelo and Galileo! The philosophic preservation and historic significance inside Santa Crocé Cathedral is nothing short of astonishing. On your visit to Florence, please make a point of touring this Basilica. It truly embodies the spirit of the Italian people and their dedication to preserving their reverence for Italian history. http://www.santacroceopera.it/en/default.aspx

Tomb of Italian poet Danté Alighieri

Tomb of Italian poet Danté Alighieri

Tomb of philosopher and astronomer Galileo

Tomb of astronomer Galileo

Vivoli serves up mouthwatering gelato

Vivoli serves up mouthwatering gelato

While traversing Italy, Polly and I discovered there’s nothing quite like a bowl of gelato on a warm October day, and rumor has it that Florence is home to the best gelato cafe in Italy. Naturally, Polly and I decided it was on our shoulders to either confirm or quell that bit of gossip. Since we sampled gelato daily in every Italian city or village we entered, by now we were certainly qualified judges! Vivoli is a five minute walk from Piazza Santa Croce, and after our tour of the magnificent cathedral, a bowl of creamy gelato is precisely what we … craved. Verdict: Rumor is true; Vivoli took blue ribbon honors in the gelato category! By the way, they serve amazing deli items as well. Stop in, select a few goodies and take a short walk to the banks of River Arno for a picnic. http://www.vivoli.it/

Palazzo Pitti

Palazzo Pitti

Botanical Gardens of Palazzo Pitti

Botanical Gardens of Palazzo Pitti

Palazzo Pitti and it’s magnificent botanical gardens was a suitable finale to our last day in Florence. Polly and I visited a few of the fantastic boutiques lining the boulevard along the River Arno, then crossed the Ponte Vecchio (pausing, of course, for more shopping). We wandered along the streets of Florence located across the river and found our way to Palazzo Pitti. The palace interior is intriguing to say the least, but the centerpiece of Pitti lies in the botanical gardens behind the palace! The magnificent gardens are lined with immaculately groomed hedges, limestone walls and regal statuary. Stately fountains impart a soothing, contemplative atmosphere. Strolling along the winding paths, Polly and I reflected on our visit in Florence, admiring its profound history and all that this amazing Renaissance city offers to its residents and to visitors alike. We reached the top of the gardens and admired the Tuscan countryside beyond. When we turned around to gaze at Palazzo Pitti and the city of Florence in the distance, it was undeniably clear that Palazzo Pitti was the perfect conclusion to our visit in Firenze! http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/en/musei/pitti.php?m=palazzopitti

Fountain in the Pitti gardens

Fountain in the Pitti gardens

The Tuscan countryside beyond the Botanical Gardens of Palazzo Pitti

The Tuscan countryside beyond the Botanical Gardens of Palazzo Pitti

A view of the rooftops of Florence from Palazzo Pitti

“Ecco Homo” statuary and a rooftop view of Florence from the gardens of Pitti

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