My aching feet! We have walked almost 35 miles since we arrived in Italy. And today, I felt every single one of them!
We started the morning at “the top of the world” overlooking the entire city of Florence! It was breathtaking! This view gave us an aerial perspective of the day’s activities.
These pictures cannot begin to do it justice! The Duomo, also known as Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, is the 4th largest church in the world, after St. Peter’s in Rome, St. Paul’s in London and the Duomo in Milan.
From the Duomo, we traveled to the Palazzo Vecchio. The Palazzo was built as the Town Hall or Government Center and was originally named the Palazzo Della Signoria. The building acquired its current name when the Medici duke’s residence was moved across the Arno to the Palazzo Pitti and he renamed the castle. The literal translation of Palazzo Vecchio is “Old Palace.”
Next we were given a behind the scenes look at Misuri leather. They did a wonderful job explaining what to look for in high quality Italian leather. Even more fun, they asked my husband to model… He looked pretty darn good if I do say so!
After the hubby’s fashion show, we went for lunch… More pizza! I could get used to this kind of pizza. Honestly, I am not a big fan of chain restaurant pizzas. The freshest ingredients make these pizzas AMAZING!
My brother and his wife joined us for our cross-city marathon. I suppose our goal was to see how many times we could cross the city in 2 hours… I think we’re at 5-6 trips back and it was on to the Ponte Vecchio. This bridge was originally built as a market center for butchers. Today, it is used by retailers of jewelry and souvenirs. DO NOT BUY ANYTHING ON THE BRIDGE! I have been warned about this by serval people. They are significantly over priced!