Freezing in Florence
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Florence is a wonderful city, even when there is a freezing rain and I have a catastrophe.
I may be exaggerating a bit but not much. Florence IS wonderful, the rain was 42 degrees, not freezing and I DID have what to me was a catastrophe.
Our transfer from Livorno to Florence dropped us off near Santa Croce long before anything but coffee shops were open. That was okay because we wanted a hot cappuccino more than anything and the cold rain outside made sightseeing difficult. We had planned on just walking around Florence and visiting our favorite sites but now all we wanted was warmth and an escape from the rain.
After having cappuccino, we decided to spend the day inside the Bargello, a statuary museum in an old palazzo. The museum entrance is a little hard to find (just off the Piazza Firenze), but worth the effort to find for both the building and the statuary. The chance to see the building (how often do you get to visit a Florentine Palace?) is outdone only by the contents. All three floors are stuffed with beautiful displays of everything from First Century ivory carvings to Medieval weapons. There is even a Michelangelo Sculpture Hall filled with statues by . . .you know who.
Later we walked over to see the Duomo and the Baptistery. Then we planned to cross the Arno and go into Santo Spirito church to see the Lippi frescoes. All of these are fabulous and well worth seeing but I had my catastrophe and couldn't photograph them.
My good camera was safely back on the ship but I had relied on my point-and-shoot for rainy days and now I was in Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, with no camera. A major disappointment that was relieved only by buying several bottles of limoncello to take back to the Prinsendam. Next we visited Santa Croce Church which always makes me feel better just being in the same building as the earthly remains of Fermi, Marconi, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli.
And then it was back to Livorno, the ship and tasting just a little of the limoncello (which, by the way, is 30% alcohol and should cheer me up nicely).