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We reached Florence via a 9 hr train ride and got to Santa Maria Novella in the afternoon. We had hot wheather (32 degrees celcius). Florence is a very picturesque but tourist filled city. Many Museums require bookings in advance or 2 hr waiting times. However, despite the high prices and tourist atmosphere, you can enjoy the cities architecture and surroundings (gardens and mountainous landscape). The campsite Campeggio Michelangelo is quite good. Sleeping under olive trees and sharing zour experiences with others at the campsite's cafeteria in the evenning while watching the sunset over the city was a nice roundup for the day.

  F l o r e n c e Firenze a pretty tourist town with lots of duplicated art work
  Campeggio Michelangelo - campsite amongst olive trees
The view from our tent Stephen feeding the birdies
  A brave bird at Stephen's hand
View from the campsite's cafeteria  
The city and the bridges over the river Arno at sunset Ponte Vecchio just before sunset
  Synagoge viewed from the campsite
The city & bridges in the afternoon (overcast)  
Top of the entrance section of the DUOMO Fountain statues at the Spedale degli Innocenti, former Hospital - Orphanage
Wonderful sunset, view of the Duomo from Piazzale Michelangelo, which lies above the city  
  Stained glass paintings inside the Duomo
The Duomo's dome Piazza della Signoria, Statue of Persus holding the Medusa's head
Inside the dome, Brunelleschis elaborate painting on the ceiling, topic: judgement day  
Campanile, dome with bells as part of the Duomo Front fassade of the Duomo
  Piazza della Signoria, copy of Michelangelo's David
Again: the fotogenic Ponto Vecchio A narrow street close to the University
Relief tiles depicting biblical scenes around the bottom of the campanile  
Part of the golden Paradise Door, an immitation thoughStatues above the Paradise Door, immitations aswell The Paradise Door of the Babtism Chappel in front of the Duomo
  Spedale degli Innocenti, Piazza della Santissima Annunziata
Synagoge Spedale degli Innocenti, terracotta-medallions of babes-in-arms, 1498 by Andrea della Robbia
Sunset with the Campanile of Palazzo Vecchio  

Last edited 19-06-01

All photos by A. Goss & S. Goss

A.Goss, April 2001