highlights of Florence

Old Aug 16th, 2002, 06:23 AM
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lynn
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highlights of Florence

besides the Uffizi and Accedemia...what are the must sees?
 
Old Aug 16th, 2002, 09:02 AM
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A personal favorite is the church of Santa Maria Novella. It's a nice walk from the Duomo and has spectacular artwork by Massacio, Giotto, Brunileschi, and others, and it's facade became a standard for other Italian Renaissance churches (http://www.arca.net/db/chiese/novella.htm). We visited before noon one day last October, and it wasn't crowded. In fact we were able to enjoy the great paintings behind the altar alone. Joe
 
Old Aug 16th, 2002, 09:34 AM
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The Duomo and associated buildings. The church of Santa Croce and the Leather schools nearby. San Lorenzo market. Any gelato stand... my friend had whisky flavour!
 
Old Aug 16th, 2002, 11:41 AM
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Lunch at the Kaffeehaus in Boboli Gardens. Sunset at the Piazza Michelangelo. Lunch and/or dinner on any piazza. The Bargello. The ceiling in the Battistry. View from the lantern atop the Duomo.
 
Old Aug 16th, 2002, 01:22 PM
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The Leather School is actually in the Church of Santa Croce. This church is where a lot of famous people are buried. The Leather School is in the back right corner as you enter the building. We found good quality and fair prices.

If you are going to Florence pick up a copy of the short book BRUNELLESCHI'S DOME by Ross King. About 165 pages. It tells the story of how the dome was built and all the political intrigue that went on. It also tells about how they actually engineered the thing (quite difficult) and finally got it completed. It will give you an entirely different perspective when you see the dome finally in person. Well worth the time. Otherwise you will think, "Nice dome" and never really know how grand it is.
 
Old Aug 16th, 2002, 02:46 PM
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For me it's 2 little pieces of glass in the Museo di Storia della Scienza.
Galileo's telescope lens that he used to discover 4 of Jupiter's moons.
A major turning point in history and science that got him into alittle hot water with the Inquisition.
Also a couple Galileo's telescopes, compasses, loadstones and one of his fingers (bone). Regards, Walter
 
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