Monthly Archives: August 2011

Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria is an interesting place. First of all, it is huge!  Secondly, it contains an interesting array of sculptures (some original, some copies). The statues on display include a massive statue of Cosimo I on horseback, the Neptune Fountain … Continue reading

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San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo was the parish church of the Medici family and they didn’t spare a penny on it! The church contains bronze pulpits by Donatello and a staircase designed by Michelangelo.  Also lovely little chapels and plenty of frescos! Most … Continue reading

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The Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi is wonderful.   There are rooms with no less than a dozen Botticelli paintings, several from Leonardo Da Vinci, also Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo, Boccaccio, etc. As mentioned in a previous post the Medici family were, of course, huge … Continue reading

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The good, the bad, and the ugly

The good news is I had a wonderful day, the bad news is that I am worn out!  Sono stanca (I am tired)!  And, quite frankly, sono stinka!  Ha!  But this post will focus on the ugly! I got up … Continue reading

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Palazzo Vecchio

Friday, after school, I headed to the Palazzo Vecchio which is on my way home. The Palazzo still serves the role as Firenze’s town hall but also served as (one of) the homes of Duke Cosimo I (di’ Medici) who … Continue reading

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Hurricane Irene – Message to my friends in North Carolina and New York!

Thinking of you!  Watching the news coverage! Hoping you are all okay and manage through it!

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Firenze at sunset

From my hotel’s rooftop.

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Once again, oggi era il mio ultimo giorno di scuola (a Firenze)

I must admit today was not one of my best days, and it has been a sluggish week.   I think it is largely due to the ridiculous temperatures we had to endure this week that really limited what you … Continue reading

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I can’t get Siena out of my head!

This is my fifth night in Firenze and at times I am convinced that I hear the drumming and singing of the contrade! I miss Siena, but I don’t miss not being there, if you know what I mean.  I … Continue reading

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Palazzo Pitti

Wednesday was a cool 96 degrees so, again, a bunch of us from school headed out in the afternoon with my l’insegnante (teacher), Viviena.  Today we headed to the Palazzo Pitti. The Palazzo dates back to the mid-1400’s and was … Continue reading

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