We spent a glorious hour at Il Duomo, necks craned backwards at the beautiful interior of Brunelleschi's dome, trying not to bump into too many people as we walked around. At this point of the trip, we kind of had a "It's Tuesday, this must be Belgium" feeling. Another European city, another stunning ceiling.
On the excellent recommendation of a friend, we visited the small museum behind the Duomo, which contains the original Ghiberti bronze doors and an unfinished Michelangelo. It was a lovely little gallery, uncrowded and full of treasures. As we were in Florence on a Monday and the Uffizi was closed, we had the opportunity to explore without feeling like we needed to hurry off to something bigger and better.
Then a stroll across the Ponte Vecchio and around the Oltrano. We scoped out some great places to shop (colorful leather gloves!) and eat dinner, then returned to our hotel for a quick nap. I was so exhausted after a solid week of travel that I walked back up the Via Calzaiuoli without setting foot in a shop.
And for our last dinner in Italy, we walked back down to the Oltrano, finally deciding on a small bistro near the Pitti Palace. We ate a tasty, light meal, drank a great bottle of wine, and capped off our vacation with a gelato eaten while strolling around Il Duomo under the stars. *sigh. Such an elegant, accessible city.
Florence is a whole vacation unto itself. Plan to take a week - a day just didn't cut it.
all photos, mine