August 3: Florence

The heat continues so early starts to the day work better for sightseeing in a city! Off first to the Palazzo Vecchio to tour the interior rooms. The Palazzo served as the home of Duke Cosmos I de' Medici starting in 1540 thus securing the security of the Medici power over Florence. It was the Medici family that is responsible for expansive art collections throughout the city. Artists, like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Vasari, Bartolommeo Bandinelli , to name but a few were all brought to the city to create a masterpiece or two. Many are housed in the Palazzo as frescos decorating the rooms. Others can be found next door at the Uffizi Gallery.

Around the corner and next door is the Galileo Museum. No photographs were allowed, but the experience was amazing. It owns one of the world’s major collection of scientific instruments, which bears evidence of the crucial role that the Medici and Lorraine Grand Dukes attached to science and scientists. It is housed in Palazzo Castellani, an 11th-century building which was then known as the Castello d’Altafronte.


Original Lion Statue from Top of the Palazzo


Ceiling of Foyer

Madam of the House

Master of the House

Ceiling Portrait in the Studio of Francesco I

More Ceiling Artwork

More Stairs!

The Top of the Stairs' Reward!

Lacquer Chest with Inlaid Mother of Pearl

Putto with Dolphin by Verrocchio (1435)

Cosmo Medici's Coat of Armor in Floor

Salone dei Cinquecento (Where Duke Cosmo Held Court)

In the Chapel of Eleonora

Dante's Dead Mask

Bust of Nicchlo Machiavelli

Map Room

Chapel of the Signoria

Betsey with Her New Italian Haircut

End of the Day Celebration of Sights and Haircut!