I swear, no words or phrases were changed to protect the traveler. - LM
The first day of my solo trip started off very sad because I became solo and left my lovely wife Lisa at the Rome airport annex (I'm sure Lisa has explained the annex). After that and two trains later I was in Florence by 4pm. Dropped off the luggage and out the door to the Duomo,
got to see the inside
and climb the bell tower (very cool, check out the view)
and the inside of the baptistry,
climbing the dome would have to wait until Monday. I also went to the Duomo museum and to my horror discovered that the gates of paridise would not be on display, but here is a picture of the fake doors, nicely done but not the same.
Then I took a stroll to the Loggia dei Lanzi were several important statue reside (or their copies) one of my all time favorites is the one on the right.
Day 2 -
Today I went to several important museums and churchs (some open, some not).
The Uffizi, the Academia, Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce Sorry no pictures of any of these, NOT ALLOWED.
Then out to a nice dinner, sorry I don't take a lot of food pics like Lisa but here is a worthy snack.
My last few hours in Florence were spent in the Bargello Museum with the statues of Donatello, Michelangelo, and other masters, again no pictures I guess they want to sell the books in the gift shop. Then I was off to climb the stairs to the top of the Dome, now here are some pictures for you.
and a little doggie for my baby
All of this and out on the 2pm train to Orvieto, Etruscan fortified city on the mount.
In Orvieto I met the other grant participants and the directors. It is an eclectic group of scholars and our conversations thus far have been very engaging. Over the past few days the group has visited many important Etruscan sites and had guided tours by the top scholars in the field. (and better access than the general public) quite an exciting treat really. Here are some highlight photos of Etruscan civilization. I hope you enjoy them and I'll add more from Florence and Rome in the days to come.
View from the city
Inscribed Bronze Plate with Land Contract (Etruscans were very big on boundaries)
Ceremonial Bronze Axe
An ashtray I was given to use in Cortona, I felt it was ironic enough and had to have a picture.
Till Next time!