This is the last of the pictures of my May trip. Florence is a truly remarkable city: a love letter to the visual arts. Every place you turn you see something beautiful.
I saw this very touching painting of women taking Jesus down from the cross in a small church away from the city center.
We stayed at a hotel very close to the Pitti Palace, home to several museums. We stayed there until our feet were screaming for mercy, taking in as much as we could.
From the Pitti, you access the Boboli Gardens, an extensive formal garden with fountains, a porcelain museum, and a large collection of statuary.
We did go inside the Duomo, but to see all the artifacts that have been removed from the interior over the years, you must go across the street to the Museum of the Opera del Duomo, which has a wonderful collection of art.
This recumbent Madonna was of particular interest to me. A number of artists portrayed her lying down after giving birth, something I had not seen before.
The Santa Maria Novella church near the train station has beautiful statuary and frescoes, is not nearly as crowded as the Duomo, and is not to be missed. We saw so much in the days we were in Florence and I'm anxious to go back and see more.
Plus they have yarn! I'll be doing a post on the great yarn store I visited, and the purchases I