Tuesday we walked completely across town to Santa Croce Church and attached Leather school. Florence is known for its leather goods, and you can hardly walk 10 feet without stumbling over a leather store. So after going to the daily market, we took off on a beautiful day to see dead guys and beautiful leather work.
On the way we saw artists with chalk.
Guys trying to sell me bags.
And finally Santa Croce church.
Michelangelo who grew up in this neighborhood.
Among hundreds of others that we don't know. This church is also known for its beautiful frescos that cover the walls by the altar.
Really no photos can do it justice.
Also a repository for some great art.
And so on.
On to the leather school where the art of manufacturing leather goods by hand is elevated to a high art form.
These people PAY to go to school here. Everything is done by hand.
We were there at least an hour and she was still working on this purse handle.
Then lunch and a little retail therapy at Ponte Vechio (bridge full of jewelry shops.)
After walking 5.2 miles we came home. Dead tired. Made pasta for supper. Well the lady at the market actually made it. We heated it up!
Wednesday. Dave and Dee went to the Uffizi Gallery. Best collection of Renaissance art in the world. We have been there twice so we arranged to meet them at 1:00 for lunch.
Jerry and I went to the market to shop for dinner. The market, open every day until 2:00 is where locals shop. Amazing.
Dried fruit and nuts
Ducks and chicken with feet & heads.
Had lunch here at the exit to the gallery. Good sandwich, and cappiciano.
Then off to the Galileo science museum. Houses scientific instruments from year 1000 to 2000.
Pocket sundial before watches.
2 museums is all feet can handle. We stopped to buy bread and are back in the apartment now. The trip is busy but we don't want to miss anything while we are here. Leave Friday for Pisa and then Genoa. Trip of a lifetime!!!!! Ciao!
Oh, David bought a hat. What do you think?