Lives in Crown Point, Indiana
Since Nov. 2005
Art Museums, Speciality Museums
Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites
Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Walking Areas
Architectural Buildings, Churches & Cathedrals
Gardens, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Lookouts
The simple exterior of this building conceals an abundance of interior art and architecture that will simply take your breath away. The decoration of the walls and ceilings is fitting of a royal palace and it contains a wealth of paintings, sculpture, vases, chandeliers, furniture and other objects of regal elegance.
This is the final resting place of many of the Medici family rulers. In the Chapel of Princes there are 6 tombs, highly ornate and a stunning dome. The New Sacristy contains two more tombs with huge marble sculptures by Michelangelo, who actually designed the entire room.
This is the iconic symbol of Florence and the tower and Baptistry are right there too. Be sure to check out the bronze doors of the Baptistry. Entry to the Duomo is free and absolutely beautiful with the three colors of marble that were used on the exterior.
This is right outside the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery and contains the Neptune Fountain and the Loggia which has several very impressive sculptures including Perseus holding Medussa's severed head and a copy of Michelangelo's "David".
This is the heart of Florence. The Duomo, bell tower and Baptistry are here. Spend some time viewing the Gates of Paradise - the bronze doors on the Baptistry.
This is one of the more spectacular churches in Florence and if you are day-tripping by train or bus to other towns in Italy, this is right across the square from the station, so allow an extra hour or two and visit here on your way out or back. Beautiful interior with large paintings and gorgeous stained glass windows.
Very peaceful, serene hilltop garden with fantastic views over the city. We had lunch at the cafe on our last day and it was the perfect ending for our trip. The gardens themselves are nice, but not extraordinary. However, the ambiance and views are marvelous. This is a lesser-visited sight and so crowds should be minimal.
This is the famous bridge over the Arno River that is lined with jewelry stores and silver and goldsmiths shops. You can get some nice pictures from the center of the bridge.
In english, this is the Museum of Precious Stones (mosaics). Very interesting and worth a stop if you have the time. Beautiful pictures, portraits, tabletops etc. all done in mosaic with precious stones. We found it fascinating.
This is part of a monastery. There is an upper and lower church inside. Most days at around 5:30 you can enjoy the monks singing Gregorian Chant. Check with the local TI to be sure. The views of the city from here are spectacular! This is on a hill at the edge of the city and I think would be too far to walk. But buses have a regular route up to this spot.