We let ourselves get lost in the narrow streets, ancient buildings, and incredible architecture, much of it dates back to the 1400 and 1500’s. We were hoping to get to the Duomo, but it was getting late and most of the churches close at 7 PM. We ended up in the massive square, the Piazza della Signoria, the gathering place for citizens of Florence since the medieval times, where the Palazzo Vecchio (the Old Palace) and the Loggia dei Lanzi (an open air sculpture museum) and Italy’s most famous and most important art museum, the Uffizi, are located. Also in this square is where Michelangelo’s original David use to stand before it was moved to the Galleria d’Accademia. Today a replica of the David stands in front of Palazzo Vecchio.
After viewing all the sculptures in the loggia we sat on its steps, amazed at the scene around us and just took it all in. You can look at as many pictures or TV programs you like, but I don’t think you really know what places like Florence would be like before you actually see and comprehend it with the combination of the panoramic view of the human eye and interpretation of the human mind. We decided to make the best of the environment and atmosphere on the square and had dinner on the terrace of Ristorante “Il David”, located on the square next to the Piazzo Vecchio. On our way back from dinner we were at the place the tourist’s books will tell you to be: Sunset at the Arno River and Ponte Vecchio.
Monica with the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River in the background.
The Loggia dei Lanzi on the Piazza Della Signoria.
The Palazzo Vecchio, the old Palace. It was originally called the Palazzo della Signoria, after the ruling body of medieval Florence. At the entrance of the 13th century palace is Michelangelo's David and on the left of the picture is the Fountain of Neptune.
Monica at the foot of Michelangelo's David at the entrance to the Palazzo Vecchio. This is a copy. The original is at the Galleria d'Accademia.The entrance hall of Palazzo Vecchio.
Sunset over the Arno River.
Andre standing at the window of our apartment looking down at the busy street below.