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Old Dec 7th, 2016, 06:25 AM
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Going to Florence and not seeing David is like going to the Sistine Chapel and NOT looking up.
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In Venice, if you visit San Marco, there is an additional, nominal fee to view the Pala d'Oro that is normally turned away from viewers - well worth it (as is the Treasury)

http://www.basilicasanmarco.it/basil...-doro/?lang=en

Also in Venice, we loved the Scuola di Grande San Rocco for all of the Tintoretto's. In Particular, the massive Crucifixion for which Lord Byron reputedly said "There is everything of life in it."

http://www.scuolagrandesanrocco.org/home-en/

Florence has over the top riches. Here are a couple of excerpts from a trip report for one of my visits (2006):

Santa Maria Novella:
Our first stop: Santa Maria Novella. Many of the sights we’d seen in Rome were fantastic and brought me to the state of wonder but only Santa Maria Novella brought me to the state of tears. When I entered that soaring Gothic space and walked over to see Giotto’s Crucifixion … well, that just did me in. I cannot describe how I felt looking at this masterpiece! The work is beautifully restored with vibrant colors and gleaming gold. But then, all of the art, indeed the entire church has obviously been the focus of a major restoration project. The façade is currently under scaffolding and, while we were there, renovation of one of the obelisks in the piazza was completed and the other, begun. The artworks within are all in superb condition, that is to say the best condition possible. “La Trinita” by Masaccio looks washed out like it was over cleaned but perhaps this is result of the original paint mixture or of some previous restoration attempt. It’s still an impressive fresco. How appropriate that Brunelleschi’s Crucifix hangs in this same church. As I stood in the Tornabuoni Chapel looking at the incredibly beautiful fresco cycle by Ghirlandaio and his workshop, I felt my spirit soar. A physical pulling sensation from the solar plexus and the top of my head began to tingle! I cannot recount in any words I know the beauty of this chapel. The stain glass window also designed by the master is in complete harmony with the rest of the work. One of the greatest masterpieces I’ve been privileged to see. There is just so much more great art in this church: Cappella Strozzi with frescos by Filippino Lippi; the Polyptich by Andrea Orcangna; the massive Della Robbia in the Sacristy (indeed, the entire Sacristy/gift shop is a treasure).

The Bargallo:
I really never imagined that the collection would be so extensive! The central courtyard itself was worth spending time in just in order to imagine what it must have been like to live in a fortified palazzo. The sculpture collection (Michelangelo, Donatello, Gianbologna, Cellini, de Cambio) is vast and important. This I expected. What I didn’t expect were the decorative arts; tableware, ceramics, jewelry. And the Della Robbia’s!
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Old Jan 17th, 2017, 05:41 AM
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Pepper,

We went into San Pantalon based on your recommendation. The ceiling was mind blowing!

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Looking at this post, now that I'm back, there's so much that I didn't get to do, due to time limitations.

I posted a brief trip report (skip over the lost luggage part) showing some of what I did do.

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...stmas-week.cfm
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