We had a great time in Lucca and Pisa but we still had so much on our itinerary to see in Florence so we went back to good ol' Firenze.
First off, we visited the Accademia Gallery where we saw Michelangelo's David in all its glory as well as Boticelli's Madonna and Child.
Then we took off for the Piazza del Duomo. The cathedral, tower, and baptistry exhibit Florentine art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. The baptistry's bronze doors were designed by Ghiberti. We had the option to ascend the bell tower or climb the narrow steps to the top of the Dome. I chose to climb to the top of the Dome and let me just say, the view was breathtaking. The long and claustrophobic climb was worth it!
|The beautiful ceiling of the Dome|
|The beautiful view from atop the Dome|
|Inside the Duomo|
|What a view!|
After the Duomo, we visited the Church of Santa Croce, which features the tombs of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Dante, and Galileo (some of Florence's most influential figures).
Afterwards we hung out at the Piazza della Signoria, an open-air plaza of sculptures.