Florence
2006
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stands across from Hercules? happily beating his captive.
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With magnificent ceilings
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incredible murals, and relatively quiet halls, I loved the Palazzo Vecchio.
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A malleable statue has escaped...
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The Uffizi, next door.
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Though you have to have a reservation to get in, it's crowded and restrictive
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but you can see the Duomo..
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enjoy a fountain with a cappuccino,
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and look out at the Ponte Vecchio.
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And you can see the Bargello,
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still a favorite museum.
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You can photograph the courtyard, but not the great Donatello statues. (they want to sell postcards!)
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Santa Croce has beautiful architecture
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and the Pazzi chapel, beloved by art historians. Restauro going on in the rear, of course.
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Early in the morning, the Arno reflects the Renaissance..
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and a sculler..
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You pass under the prince's passage over the Arno on the Ponte Vecchio..
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to the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens.