2011

First day of Florence

January 20

Today we took a short foot tour of Florence. To start, we went to the Accademia.  This museum holds many famous works of art including Michelangelo’s David and The Rape of the Sabine Women.  After browsing through the museum for a bit we continued on to see the Cathedral of St Mary of the Flowers, also known as the Florence Cathdreal. The dome of this cathedral is the third largest in the world and stands out in the landscape of Florence.  The dome of St Peter’s basilica was even modeled after this dome.  On our way to the final stop on our tour we passed by the Piazza della Repubblica and Orsammichele, and ended at the Piazza della Signoria. The town hall stands here which is called the Palazzo Vecchio. Just as the title implies, the hall looks like a castle and in front of it stands a replica of the statue of David. We also saw the Galleria degli Uffizi from the piazza. The galleria contains an exhibition of replicas of many famous statues including a replica of the Rape of the Sabine Women from the Accademia. One thing we didn’t expect on the tour was the temperature. So far in Italy we have experienced comfortable weather, comparable to a Minnesota spring or fall rather than the winter.  So, by the end of the tour we were all feeling the cold. We were shivering and huddling together for warmth, so we were ready to head back to the hotel or for lunch; anything to get inside!  The afternoon was free but in the evening we met for a discussion. We had a really good discussion on American culture versus Italian culture and modern Italian culture versus ancient Roman culture and everything in between. Every one had had different experiences to share and our native Italian guide, Claudio, shared a few things also. Overall, the discussion was very thought provoking and enjoyable. After the discussion we all decided to go to dinner together. So, we went out for yet another dinner as a large group (all 22 of us) then went our separate ways for the remainder of the evening’s activities.

Florence Cathedral

Florence Cathedral

The Galleria degli Uffizi - The Rape of the Sabine Women is the second one from the right

The Galleria degli Uffizi - The Rape of the Sabine Women is the second one from the right

The group huddled together for warmth!

The group huddled together for warmth!

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