Florence

Day two in Florence started with a visit to the Accademia Gallery to meet my new friend David. Thankfully I had a skip-the-line pass, and didn’t have to wait in the line.

And then I went through the rest of the museum, including the plaster gallery.

My next stop was the Opificio delle Pietre Dure museum.  It wasn’t very busy and was absolutely gorgeous – it’s all stone murals by Pietre Dure and was one of my favourite places. In some cases you can see his inspiration (paintings and statues) and the final product which I think is just the coolest.

Next up was the San Marco museum, and its amazing frescoes. They also had some archaeological ruins, and a room that used to be the library and was my favourite in the museum.

There was a beautiful garden across the street, so I went that way next.

I booked a climb to the top of the Duomo Dome for this afternoon, which I was not looking forward too. But I couldn’t put it off any longer, so I lined up, climbed up the 400 steps, and had the most amazing view.

After a quick celebratory gelato, I headed towards the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. There was a small glass exhibit (which I can never say no too), and I was also able to see the small chapel decorated by Benozzo Gozzoli.

Next was the Medici Chapels, where I was able to see the work by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in person.

I took a short break at the hostel, then made my way back to the Ponte Vecchio to watch the sun go down on the river Arno.

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