At the beginning of this summer cruising-season we invited a befriended couple from the US to join us for about a week on our little ship. As the male half has lived in Italy in the past -and masters the language- he suggested us to join the two of them when holidaying in Italy for a month. We duly arranged for a flight to nearby…
Tourist House Ricci
… Pisa and a room for four nights in Firenze/Florence. Flying from Amsterdam to Pisa (Transavia, a KLM-subsidiary) is considerably cheaper than directly to Firenze/Florence (KLM). Since our friends could pick us up using their rental car it was an easy choice. We plan to visit Pisa some other time – only saw the airport this time.
‘Dio crea Eva’/God creating Eve
The next day, a Saturday, we bought tickets that allows one, to visit several attractions within 48 hours. As the ticket office is situated inside the Opera del Duomo Museum it’s the most obvious thing to visit this museum first – and that is what we did.
’Madonna con bambino’/Maria tickling her son
Among other things the museum houses the original works of art that were formerly applied to the outside of the Duomo/Campanile/Battistero. More about this later – when in line to enter the Campanile.
It’s clearly visible here where the original works of art were taken from – see the third picture. Nowadays there are copies attached to all the buildings. A wise decision, we’d say. The…
Marble – and a queue
…queue is an example of all the queues we’ve been part of. Most of the time everyone behaved civilized. There’s always the odd queue-jumper. We just looked in awe at all the marble.
Dome – it’s top
When on top of the Campanile the view is simply stunning. Later on we’ll show you some pictures as taken from the top of the Duomo (yes!). This picture shows this very top – 10 meters higher than the…
Difference in height
…Campanile-one. The prove is this picture, as seen on the inside of the Campanile’s upper level. We had to climb 414 steps, suffering from quite a lot of descending traffic. Turning. With rucksacks!
Piazza della Repubblica (I)
The first picture was, again, taken from the top of the Campanile. The second one two days later, when we felt slightly exhausted after having seen only a small part of all…
Piazza della Repubblica (II)
…the beauties on offer. The matching factor, of course is the merry-go-round. Either being a kid or a grown-up, a merry-go-round is always, well, a merry moving thing.
The male half of our friends is very good at finding a restaurant offering high quality as well as presenting a reasonable bill after having had dinner (with drinks). This restaurant offers 20% discount, if booked beforehand (we seem to remember).
We took a picture after leaving – just to remember for the future, see the second, ‘food-picture’. The food and drinks were simply excellent, next to lovely people serving us. You wonder about the bill? We could not believe our eyes: € 80,00!!
Herakles killing the centaur Nessus
When visiting this museum it is really overwhelming what’s on display. Therefore just several randomly chosen works of art. The left one depicts Herakles (Hercules), killing Nessus after the latter tried to assault his wife Dejanira. For the full…
Nereide (a sea nymph) on a sea-horse
...story, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deianira, more specific the part ‘Death of Heracles’. The second one is no less beautiful, but substantially less dramatic, and called ‘Nereide su un cavallo marino’.
The first statue looks like a sleeping woman from behind and even when looking at the front it takes a few seconds before realizing it’s a statue of a hermaphrodite. It’s Roman art, dating from the 1st century. ‘The character portrayed comes from Greek mythology and was the child of Hermes and Aphrodite. (Hence the name, ed.) The youth is lying on a lion pelt placed over a rocky surface. Half man and half woman, the bisexuality...
...of Hermaphrodite is based on its union with the nymph Salmacis, who asked the gods to keep both their bodies in one in return for eternal love.’ For more, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salmacis. The sitting boy is less of a mythological story. The name simply is ‘Boy with thorn’, also known as Spinario. Want to know more? See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy_with_Thorn.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
This work of art, ‘Annunciazione’ (Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary) is thought to be Leonardo’s earliest complete work. Manfredi’s painting, named ‘Carita…
Bartolomeo Manfredi (1582-1622)
…Romana’ (Roman Charity) reminded us of the same depiction we once noticed as a half-elevated sculpture in Gent (Ghent), Belgium. See Week 39, 2015, 9th picture.
Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652/3)
The painting on the left ‘Giuditta decapita Oloferne’ (Judith slaying Holofernes) is signed Artemisia Lomi (her real name) but was in 1774 attributed to Caravaggio. Shortly thereafter it was rightly restored to the catalogue…
(Michelangelo Merisi, detto) Caravaggio (1571-1610)
…of Artemisia’s work end ended op becoming her most famous work. On the right hand side a genuine, and famous, work of Caravaggio, ‘Bacco’ (Bacchus) – one of his early paintings.
Firenze/Florence is cut in half by the river Arno. The first bridge, crossing the river, is simply called ‘Ponte Vecchio’ (Old Bridge). It’s a special bridge, because a lot of shops are built on top of it. The left picture is the spectacular view as seen from...
...Galleria degli Uffizi. The picture on the right-hand side makes clear what happens when entering the bridge. More specific: a jewelry shop, situated on top of the bridge. It makes for a nice through-view. (It ended up being a no-deal.)
Two pictures of the view on offer when looking from the dome’s top. When looking at the shades and comparing the street-pattern to our map we think this is a view towards the east/east-southeast-direction.
The second picture certainly was taken in the opposite direction, being the west/north-west-direction. It’s a bit easier to determine, because of the large square dead-end train-station in the centre.
Some trivialities must be part of this blog, too. At least that’s what we think. First there was this sign of a dead-end street, alternatively used by someone for a religious purpose. Another person added ‘life is porno’ to it. Even twice! We doubt it. Then, all of a sudden, there was ‘Assidea no Bolkestein’. Frits Bolkestein…
… …is a Dutch former Europian Commissioner from 1999 until 2004. We were unable to find a translation for ‘Assidea’. Ass idea, however, means the idea of a donkey. He proposed, even realized, some controversial new rules. The Italians apparently did not forget him! See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frits_Bolkestein.
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Dankjewel, Tineke! Tot gauw 😍.
En dan nog even en Amersfoort in zicht
De laatste foto: ongelooflijk!!!!!
Dank je wel, Tineke! We zien mekaar hopelijk snel in A'foort.
Jaja, 't schiet op. Maar rustig aan, want de Nijkerkersluis is nog een paar dagen geblokkeerd. (En een 'Vollenhove' zal ik -als ik er aan toe kom- een n toevoegen...)