As promised, this weekend found me completely enveloped by the Florentine art museums. Although I am not much of an art connoisseur, my roommate is very knowledgeable so I went with her to spend Friday in the Uffizi Gallery. With her Rick Steve’s guidebook in hand, we followed his tour as she read aloud the details of the paintings. 3 floors and about 2 hours later, we had completed our tour and I was much more interested than I thought I would be. It was a fabulous way to spend a rainy day and I left feeling very cultured.
Saturday was complete with a trip to the Bargello where we found a beautiful building full of many sculptures. We also toured the Santa Croce church which is right around the corner from us and houses the graves of famous artists such as Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Dante Alighieri. It’s incredible to know that such influential people grew up on the same streets I walk every single day. Our day finished at The Mall which was a short bus ride away and full of the most expensive designer products all on discount. Well, by discount I mean still completely out of our price range although I did purchase a cheap pair of Bottega Veneta heels that are complete perfection. Just being surrounded by such extravagant fashion was a wonderful way to spend our afternoon. Jennie and I ended our night at a wine bar where we sipped on a lovely chianti and munched on a cheese platter… YUM!
Our weekend came to a close at the Pitti Palace on Sunday. It was the place that helped confirm that I definitely must marry into royalty. Holy moly! This palace was at least 3 stories high and held some of the most drop-dead GORGEOUS ceilings I have ever encountered. I have no idea how they construct these marvelous ceilings but I could spend all day exploring their intricacies. Pair the ceilings with the red velvet walls and I think ladies and gentlemen, that I have found heaven. It was marvelous! We made our way around the multiple exhibits in the palace and happened upon the costume gallery which held the most lavish clothes as well as a whole section committed to hats. I’ve always had a fascination with hats but since being here, I have fallen completely in love. Watch out for my return to America, I plan on wearing hats whenever it’s appropriate! The hats in this display were beyond what I can put into words. Think Royal Wedding times 10! As if that weren’t enough, we finished our tour by frolicking through the Boboli Gardens just out back. Another picture perfect moment that can hardly be described in words… Breathtaking!
The weekend was full of art, culture and an affirmation that I’m not quite ready to leave this place in less than 2 months. It never fails to amaze me how much history fills the streets of Florence and how blessed I am to be experiencing the most historical places firsthand. Although the weekend started with a naked shock in my art class, it ended with an understanding and appreciation for the time and effort put into some of the most amazing sights that I have ever seen.
Until next time I will be island hopping in Cinque Terre!