Day 5: Uffizi Gallery & More Florence

Ponte Vecchio

It was lightly raining when we got up so we decided to do some indoor activities. Our first stop was the Uffizi Gallery. The gallery is very famous because it houses many paintings of the Early and High Renaissance. The travel guides suggested that we book our ticket for the gallery in advance but we were too tired to bother last night. As a result, we had to wait in a very long line to get into the gallery. Luckily, we met some fellow travellers to keep us company, Michael from New Zealand and Val from the UK.

The museum was adorned with frescoes on the ceiling and sculptures lining the hallways. There were several rooms featuring different artists and styles. Marko and I don’t know much about art history so we can’t properly appreciate the Uffizi but it was fascinating, nevertheless. We had planned to visit the Accademia which is a smaller gallery that contains Michelangelo’s David but we were tired of waiting in long lines so we decided to skip it.

After a quick lunch, we did some more exploring around Florence. We spent the afternoon ducking into smaller churches and squares while dogging scooters, cars and other tourists. We had planned to see the inside of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo) but we didn’t consider that it would be closed on Easter weekend. After finding laundry facilities, we went back to our room to get some extra rest.

Marko’s Notes:

Photos are generally not allowed in museums and the Uffizi gallery is no different. Uffizi staff can be found in almost every room and are quick to tell tourists not to take pictures. This is primarily because of the belief that the light from a camera flash can damage pigments. The photos I took were taken surreptitiously without the use of the camera flash.

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