First - a climb up the cupola of the Duomo - all 463 steps. But what a view - including even the window of my room in the hotel!
see my hotel?
the roof of the Duomo and the bell tower
The view inside the cupola - looking down
and looking up - the fresco at close range
And back at ground level looking up
The "Gates of Paradise" on the Baptistery - and the hell of crowds everywhere!
Then to the Chiesa di Ognissanti - this church was originally a Franciscan church and its cloister has a number of frescoes of the life of Francis - set in renaissance Florence. The former refectory has one of the most famous last supper fresoces - by Ghirlandaio. (picture below)
Across the Arno to discover San Frediano already closed for the afternoon and the Basilica di Santa Maria del Carmine being closed. Cross the river again to the Basilica di San Lorenzo which was open. Admire the simple renaissance architecture.
Then back across the river to the Piazzale Michelangelo - the view is stunning. Finally to San Miniato al Monte to see some fairly unalterered romanesque architecture and to listen to the monks singing vespers.
Inside San Miniato
Evening view from San Miniato
An angel in the cemetery outside San Miniato
The latest stylish fashions there too
One of the private chapels in the cemetery
Dinner and then a free concert of plainsong in nearby San Gaetano rounded off the day.
Italian cars - the Smart Car - it's almost square, you can park it any direction - it's the same
Charging your electric car at the street outlet
Just as well I didn't buy a Rolex from the man in the street!
Some of the police - there are many different police here - I'm not sure which these are.
Another view across the river