Piazza dei Miracoli (Italy)

One of the most recognizable structures in all of Italy is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. En route to Cinque Terre, we made a brief stop in Pisa with storm clouds threatening above. The crowds were large, as you might expect at one of Italy's iconic sites and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After walking... Continue Reading →

Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence, Italy)

The Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore (Saint Mary of the Flowers), a cathedral built in the Gothic style, is a treasure of Florence that showcases two important artistic achievements. The first is an impressive octagonal dome that was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, a master goldsmith by trade. Two amazing facts about the dome: because... Continue Reading →

Michelangelo’s David (Florence, Italy)

On our arrival in Florence, Robin, our guide, took us first to the Accademia Gallery where one of the most celebrated works of art is housed, Michelangelo's David. What a literally towering achievement it is, a 17-foot sculpture carved out of a single block of marble. Michelangelo was only 26 years old when he started,... Continue Reading →

Piazza della Signoria (Florence, Italy)

Out in a public space in Florence are sculptures that are considered to be masterpieces. I had a hard time wrapping my head around the openness and public trust.┬áIt was surprising to find a body double of one of the great works of Renaissance art. Michelangelo's David originally appeared in the square of the Palazzo... Continue Reading →

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