At first I wan’t sure about Florence, I was unprepared for the number of tourists here (foolishly) and after Naples it was a bit of a shock, however, as I started to visit the galleries and churches, I suddenly got what all the fuss was about.
First (and as a sort of retreat), took the number 7 bus up to Fiesole to visit the Roman ruins and get the most spectacular view of Florence, the Archaeological museum there was also excellent. Then I visited the Uffizi Gallery and the Florence Baptistery (Battistero di San Giovanni), both of which were breathtaking.
In many ways, it has been really good to go without knowing what I am going to see, I often have no idea of what I should expect at a place, I prefer to do most of my reading up after I have visited somewhere, this has allowed me to get an unadulterated first impression and enjoy the surprise and the wonder at each destination.
I am here for a few more day before I head to Rome, the weather has changed, its wet and much cooler and the two jumpers I packed have been needed, in the heat of Athens, I nearly discarded them, but I am so glad I didn’t.
Its difficult to see, but I loved the letters in the halo, they are so playful, check out the G in Mary’s halo.