Last week we had a week-long field trip to Tuscany. Monday we went to San Gimignano, Volterra, and spent the night in Siena. Tuesday we toured and shopped Siena and went on to Florence. We stayed in Florence through Thursday afternoon. Here are some pictures from the week.
"The town with towers"
This is an ancient Etruscan gate, Porta dell'Arco, at the entrance of the town. It dates back to 3rd-2nd centuries B.C.
Ancient Roman Amphitheater
Volterra is known for its alabaster sculptures.
Mary Hester and me at the Piazza Del Campo
The Chigi family is from Siena and this is their palace in their hometown.
Me and Pope Alexander Chigi
The Siena Duomo
The Piazza Del Campo is famous for hosting the Palio horse race.
Madelin and me
The Florence Duomo
Ponte Vecchio bridge
There are many locks on and near the bridge. The act of attaching a lock to a bridge and throwing the key into the river symbolizes the unbreakable bonds of true love. Today, there are fines for being seen throwing a key into the river.
On Wednesday, we saw Roberto Capucci's exhibition "Art in Fashion—Volume, Color and Method" at the Palazzo Strozzi. The dresses were unbelievable.
Our next stop was the Galleria dell'Accademia, which houses Michelangelo's David. The pictures don't do it justice - it's amazing.
"David said, 'The Lord Who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.' And Saul said to David, 'Go, and the Lord be with you!' " -1 Samuel 17:37
Scuola del Cuoio is the world famous leather school. We were able to watch a few demonstrations of leather-product making.
Salvatore Ferragamo Museum was our first stop Thursday morning. It was awesome. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures.
Ferragamo's Shoe Color Wheel
After seeing Capucci and Ferragamo exhibits, I will have to dedicate an entire post to them later on. I love Italian fashion!
The Uffizi museum has some of the world's most incredible artwork. My favorites are Botticelli's Birth of Venus and Allegory of Spring.
Oh, and of course we went shopping!
Madelin and me at the Leather Market
“[In Italy,] all the way to heaven is heaven.” -St. Catherine of Siena