My Italy trip - Day 4

Asha Desh By Asha Desh, 12th Jan 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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My trip to Italy. A close experience with history I had heretofore observed just in picture collections and motion pictures. The landmarks, culture, scenery and food from the immense Colosseum to the spread of Olive trees-that blow one's mind!


( David, in the Academy of Fine Arts,Giotto’s bell Tower,Gates of Paradise,Signoria Square)
Day trip to Florence, or Firenze as it should be accurately called. The lines were long, but as usual because of being in an escorted tour we got in faster, one of the benefits of being in a conducted tour. The local tour guide was a timid looking guy, unlike the professor we had in Rome. The original statue of David by Michael Angelo is housed in the Accademia Gallery. The feeling that comes into anyone’s mind, gazing up at the statue, cannot be put into words. The description of the statue may be put into words, but words fail the feelings that erupt in us. Its majesty as it towers up and the details, the locks of his hair, the expression in his eyes, all speak for the tenacity and determination of those people who lived centuries ago. I will forever carry a picture of that statue in my mind. I was glad I knew the story of David and Goliath.

More historical monuments.

We saw the Duomo( Gothic cathedral with colorful façade), Baptistery with the Bronze doors of the Gate of Paradise(Replicas, the originals are housed in a museum) ,Ponte Vecchio( the oldest surviving bridge in Florence),Piazza della Signoria,( The main square), Palazzo Vecchio(( Old palace) Museums of art and archaeology, Statue of Hercules, Medusa and Statue of Neptune, and many more. The replica of David stands in the square, exposed to the vagaries of weather, while the original one is comfortable and safe in the Academia. I wish I knew more of Roman history; I would have enjoyed it better. I could keep up with some of the historical narratives, of Dante, Michael Angelo and the likes. We also went into a basilica where the relics of many saints, Michael Angelo, Galileo, etc. are buried. I did not know that the author of one of my favorite child hood figures, Pinocchio, was from Florence. I bought a ball point pen with Pinocchio’s head.
Of course no escorted tour is complete without the tour company taking us to an “Authentic store”! Globus took us to a genuine Italian Gold and Leather store, where they put up quite a show, using some of our co travelers as models for the leather jackets. Beautiful jewelry with exorbitant prices. We were given some free time to wander around by ourselves and then met the tour director at a designated spot.
We walked back to our bus. We sure did a lot of walking. I was so thankful for my New Balance sneakers. We returned to Montecatini. The drive through Tuscany is beautiful No wonder people rave about the natural beauty of the countryside in Tuscany. Dinner tonight was through courtesy of Globus. Our table mates tonight was a lady from Australia travelling by herself, and a young couple from New York. We had an interesting conversation. We had salad, pasta and eggplant and dessert. I seem to like the white wine served here. After dinner we strolled some more in the town and had some more gelatos.


Europe, Florence, Gates Of Paradise, Italy, Statue Of David, Travel, Tuscan Wines, Tuscany

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