the dome of the Santa Maria cathedral
At 6.45 AM we woke up by the hotel telephone. I am not amused! They call it wake-up call, I rather prefer to call it wake up shocked call. After a nice shower we're having breakfast. The Italian bread is not my favorite. It's tough, dry, salt-free bread. So I fill my stomach with toast and cake. At 8.30 AM we're leaving the hotel to the station to get the train to Florence. There we get a guide who tells us a lot about the city by means of a system with a transmitter and earphones. It's a very nice system because we can hear the guide while making pictures and we don't need to stay close to the guide. The tour starts at the oldest church of Firence: the Santa Maria Novelle. This church was build in 1840 and had masterpieces of the master of Michelangelo.
The house where Dante was born
We continue our way to the cemetery of a important jewish family: the Medicee. This family ruled over Florence formerly. The coat of arms of the family consists 6 balls which stand for the 6 dynasties of the family. Then we walk further to the cathedral of Florence. In front of the cathedral we see a little chapel with 3 doors. This 1400 year old chapel is decorated with gold and mosaic and has 3 doors very special doors. One of them was called 'paradise worthy' by Michelangelo. Then we visit the Cathedral. The cathedral is mor beautifull outside then inside, allthough the dome is really wonderfull! We continue our way to "la bottega dell'opera di santa maria del fiore.' This is the workplace where the statues of the church are made or copied. We pass by the house where Dante was born and get by the Ponte Vecchio. This is one of the most famous bridges in Italy and was very important for the Romans because this was the first bridge which connected the south and the east. The tour ended at the city hall. The square of the city hall is almost a open-air museum. We have 2 hours spare time and me and my mom decided to visit the Santa Croce. In this church we find the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo. After two hours walking around and buying some souvenirs we returned to the station and back to the hotel.