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Italy, Florence

Last time I visited Florence was a very long time ago so didn’t remember much about it. Staying almost next door to the Pontevechhio which is handy and so spent first afternoon strolling around the town.

First impression is that there are a LOT of tourists here – not helped by “cruise ship Monday”! Anyway I persevered but drew the line at one hour plus queues to get into the Duomo and Campanile towers – I will return in the winter for those. I focussed on shooting upwards to try and cut out the people!

For those that care about some slightly more modern sights – note also that the Gucci museum is closed until next year!

Duomo, Campanile Tower and Baptistery

The ceiling in the Baptistery – all shiny mosaics

The original Gates of Paradise in the Cathedral museum. Very beautiful and incredible perspective. Plus the penitent Mary Magdalene by Ghiberti.

Ended the day with a Campari and soda at the roof top bar at the sister hotel to mine:). Impressive views of the bridge and far away from the crowds too.