Firenze Day 3 3/7

Inside Galleria dell'Accademia is the famous sculpture "David" by Michelangelo, completed around 1504.

The Duomo (Cathedral) of Florence is the landmark of the city, and the symbol of Renaissance architecture. Construction began at the 13th Century.

Giotto's Bell Tower of the Duomo. The marble pieces for were brought from different areas of Italy: white marble from Carrara, green from Prato, and red from Siena.

We climbed to the top of the dome of the Duomo to enjoy the panoramic view of Florence .

The Uffizi gallery houses works such as the Birth of Venus and the Primavera by Botticelli, The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci as well as works by Michelangelo, Titian and Rubens. It is said to be "of the most famous art galleries in the world". Personally, I think this is the best. We spent almost the whole day here and have to leave only because of lack of energy (can't eat inside the museum). The word "Uffizi" means "offices". The gallery was originally the offices for the rulers of Florence - the Medici family. They love and support art without fail during their 400 years rule, indirectly fueling the Remaissance movement, which started in Florence.

Shops are tiny in Florence...

The famous sunset view of Florence from the heights of Piazzale Michelangelo

Ponte Vecchio (The Old Bridge) is the oldest bridge in Florence crossing the river Arno, built in 1345. On the bridge stand numerous jewelry shops.

Tea time. Two cappuccino and a slice of Tiramisu...

Our first "fancy" meal in Italy. The food was only ok but we quite enjoyed the setting.