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Friday, August 01, 2008

Photo Blog: Florence, Ponte Vecchio, Pizzale Michelangelo, Basilica Santa Croce

We headed back into the city of Florence today on our good friend, bus #26. Our journey today will take us mainly around out from the area of Il Duomo to Ponte Vecchia, Pizzale Michelangelo, and Basilica of Santa Croce -- which means a lot of walking for us, which will be nice. The weather has calmed a little bit, changing from a hot & humid situation with last night's rain to a much drier heat. While it was 6-8 degrees warmer today, it felt much cooler.

Here are the pictures from today:

We started from the Firenze Santa Novella train station, walked towards Il Duomo and then headed through the Piazza Della Signoria on our way to Ponte Vecchia.  There are many sculptures and sculpture replicas in the square where Michelangelo's David stood many years ago.We started from the Firenze Santa Novella train station, walked towards Il Duomo and then headed through the Piazza Della Signoria on our way to Ponte Vecchia. There are many sculptures and sculpture replicas in the square where Michelangelo's David stood many years ago.


A view of Ponte Vecchio as just before we walked through the stores filled with souvenirs and trinkets.A view of Ponte Vecchio as just before we walked through the stores filled with souvenirs and trinkets.


I took a quick picture of Ashley right before we head up a couple hundred stairs to Pizzale Michelangelo here in Piazza Giuseppe Poggi.I took a quick picture of Ashley right before we head up a couple hundred stairs to Pizzale Michelangelo here in Piazza Giuseppe Poggi.


The view from the top of Pizzale Michelangelo of the city of Florence is quite a panoramic beauty.  Luckily, thanks to my camera and a little help from PhotoStich, I am able to capture it.The view from the top of Pizzale Michelangelo of the city of Florence is quite a panoramic beauty. Luckily, thanks to my camera and a little help from PhotoStich, I am able to capture it.


A must take self-shot photo of Ashley and I from the Pizzale Michelangelo with Il Duomo in the background.A must take self-shot photo of Ashley and I from the Pizzale Michelangelo with Il Duomo in the background.


A look down from Michelangelo at the Forte Di Belvedere Fortress wall and Ponte Vecchia Bridge.  As you might imagine, there were many tourists like us at Piazzale Michelangelo.A look down from Michelangelo at the Forte Di Belvedere Fortress wall and Ponte Vecchia Bridge. As you might imagine, there were many tourists like us at Piazzale Michelangelo.


The Basilica Santa Croce basks in the afternoon sun.  After this visit, this church is definitely one of my favorites.  While Il Duomo has always been my favorite from an outward appearance, Santa Croce contains many treasures inside that are well worth the price of admission.The Basilica Santa Croce basks in the afternoon sun. After this visit, this church is definitely one of my favorites. While Il Duomo has always been my favorite from an outward appearance, Santa Croce contains many treasures inside that are well worth the price of admission.


Michelangelo is buried right here in the Basilica.  The tombs of Donatello and Galileo can be found here as well.Michelangelo is buried right here in the Basilica. The tombs of Donatello and Galileo can be found here as well.


Some clothing among other articles on display at Santa Croce from Saint Francis of Assisi.Some clothing among other articles on display at Santa Croce from Saint Francis of Assisi.


A picturesque courtyard still here at San Croce -- it is the courtyard of the Leather Making school that is on the premises.A picturesque courtyard still here at San Croce -- it is the courtyard of the Leather Making school that is on the promises.


A great view of the Santa Croce bell tower from the courtyard.A great view of the Santa Croce bell tower from the courtyard.


Ashley next to a sculpted tombstone in the Santa Croce museum.Ashley next to a sculpted tombstone in the Santa Croce museum.


An original crucifix from the Basilica of Santa Croce.  Back in the 1960's there was a huge flood (5 meters of water) that deposited all kinds of oil and mud at the church.  The crucifix suffered the damage here despite all the help that was received from around the world.  The Pope held a special mass at the church on Christmas that same year.An original crucifix from the Basilica of Santa Croce. Back in the 1960's there was a huge flood (5 meters of water) that deposited all kinds of oil and mud at the church. The crucifix suffered the damage here despite all the help that was received from around the world. The Pope held a special mass at the church on Christmas that same year.

Palazzo Vecchio in the afternoon sun where the replica of the David stands.Palazzo Vecchio in the afternoon sun where the replica of the David stands.


A sentimental moment for Ashley as she remembers her first visit here with her grandma and aunt at the statue of the wild boar.A sentimental moment for Ashley as she remembers her first visit here with her grandma and aunt at the statue of the wild boar.


Finally, I am able to take a picture of the front of the Duomo in the full afternoon sun after my plan was foiled yesterday by the afternoon thunderstorm.Finally, I am able to take a picture of the front of the Duomo in the full afternoon sun after my plan was foiled yesterday by the afternoon thunderstorm.


What better way to spend an afternoon in Florence than enjoying a gelato ice cream while roaming the streets?What better way to spend an afternoon in Florence than enjoying a gelato ice cream while roaming the streets?


Dinner out with the family on Friday night.  Ashley, Luigi, Matteo, Giulio, myself, and Stefania (taking the picture).Dinner out with the family on Friday night. Ashley, Luigi, Matteo, Giulio, myself, and Stefania (taking the picture).


Posing for the camera with Ashley's cousins, Matteo, Giulio, & Kenny.Posing for the camera with Ashley's cousins, Matteo, Giulio, & Kenny.

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