Venice wins hands down …. My vision of Florence pre adventure was of a romantic cultured city and yes it would be without the traffic .. Where as with Venice a week wasn’t enough …24 hours slogging the streets of Florence is enough
As with Monday we bused in and went straight to The Uffizi Gallery with the tickets bought in Monday
It said in the guide books even with pre booked ticket to avoid the 4 hour queues one would have to wait in line but not for us 9-30am and in we went
It’s recommended in “the books” to climb the wide stone staircase to get the full feeling of the size of the palace I did but in good company with a few ladies of a similar age had to make a pit stop after four floors to regain our breath
It said take a turn to the left and old masters hit you in the face .. Your gold Christmas cards with Madonnas and Child are there to be studied at close quarters ..
The books say give yourselves 4 hours to see all ..it took us 3 as I don’t have any interest in the lumps of carved marble or ancient rocks ..I know a bit of a Philistine but it’s the paintings I went to see .. My favourite amongst Canaletto’s .. De Vinci .. Titian…Then i found an artist I hadn’t come across before Gheraldo delle Notti ( real name Gerald van Honthorst ) he acquired the of the Notti..Night.. name because of his use of candle light to add light and shade to the painting..I was very impressed
After 3-4 hours I had enough culture and needed a sit down .. Back on the bus .. Our bus number yes ..but the circular … So in stead of a quick 15 mins ride 1.5 hours later and seeing most of Florence’s suburbs we arrive back .. Packed up for our drive to San Gimignano ..