S: Italy 2010
1: October 10th, 2010 we left for Italy to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. We had 10 days to spend in a country that you could visit for years and never exhaust all that it has to offer, We spent 5 days in Florence and Tuscany, then 5 days in Rome. We were overwhelmed when everywhere we looked we saw treasures of beautiful art and architecture. The countryside of Tuscany was abundant with stunning vistas of vineyards and olive orchards. A dream trip that we shall never forget.
2: Mediterranean Sea at Citivavecchia
3: Piazza della Repubblica | Santa Maria Novella
4: Orsanmichele is famous for the sculptures of saints placed in niches along all 4 sides of the church. The first from 1340 is a sculpture of St. Stephen by Pisao. The last is of St. Luke by Giambologna completed 260 years later. | The Deposition by Michelangelo. The 4 figures are said to be the body of Christ, Nicodemous or Joseph of Arimathea, whose face is believed to be a self portrait of the artist, Mary Magdeline and the Virgin Mary.
5: Rubbing the nose of the Bronze Boar at Mercata Nouvella | Palazzo Spini Feroni Street Art at Santa Croce
6: Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore & Duomo
7: Gioto's Campanile or bell tower
14: Baptistery Doors of Paradise
15: St. Zenobius' Column | Inside the Baptistery
16: Il Borgoe di Vescini Vineyard | Vespas lining streets of Tuscany
18: San Salvatore | Castillina in Chianti
19: Tuscany | Tuscany
23: Cosimo 1 by Giambologna
24: Cellini's Perseus with the head of Medusa | Ammannati's Fountain of Neptune | Palazzo Vecchio
25: Bandinelli's Hercules and Cacus | Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus Statue of Savine | David
26: Along the Arno & on the Ponte Vecchio
27: Ponte Vecchio | Dan at the Uffizi Cafe
28: Basilica di Santa Croce
29: Tombs of Santa Croce | Santa Croce was started in 1294 and finished in 1385, the neo-Gothic facade and bell tower were added in the 19th century. Santa Croce is famous for the many celebrities buried or commemorated within it's walls.
30: Michelangelo's tomb in Santa Croce. There is a bust of the artist, a painting of one of his sculptures and sculptures of the muses of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture weeping at the loss of the great artist.
31: Galileo's tomb with surrounding frescoes, bust of Galileo holding a telescope & looking towards the stars, under him is a sculpture of the planets orbiting the sun. His eldest daughter Sister Marie Celeste is buried with him in the sarcophagus.
32: Santa Croce | Dante
34: On the Road to Rome
35: First stop Arezzo
36: The Piazza Grande is the medieval city square. Made of sloping red brick with limestone geometric limes. Anchoring the Piazza is the 12th century Santa Marie della Pieve .
39: The flagstone of the Duomo di Orvieto was laid in 1290. The final touches to the facade were made by adding the right pinnacle in 1590 and the left in 1605-1607.
40: Details of the Duomo de Orvieto
41: The great works of Renaissance art especially the works of Michelangelo were the reason that I had always wanted to visit Italy. I often told Dan that I had to see The David and The Pieta before I died! Dan made that dream come true.