We wish we had clocked our steps walked today. It felt like miles and miles...
Our reservation time for the Uffizi was not until 14:00, so we hit two attractions before:
Medici-Riccardi Palace -
Just a block from our hotel, we started in the courtyard and then made our way up.
The Chapel of the Magi was a nice surprise with colorful Frescoes like Procession of the Magi (or as Matthew refers to it as Florentine Dandies).
This is a great museum in its own right; the cherry on top was that it was not crowded. This is another one of those museums where the space the precious art is in is just as interesting as the actual art. It was a former police station, then prison, then logically, a sculpture museum. Again with a nice courtyard. We went in to see Donatello's David (the first male nude to be sculpted in a thousand years) and it also has some lesser known Michelangelos and, again, we really appreciated the museum's setting.
is overwhelming. We were glad to have Rick narrating a more specific visit. It has, after all, the greatest collections of Italian paintings anywhere. The first room of Madonna and Child Byzantine altarpieces were interesting to see the progression of perspective. We both liked the tutorial. My favorite painting was Madonna with the Long Neck. Matthew's favorite was the whole Bottecelli room. The Birth of Venus and Primevera never disappoints.
For dinner we went out on a limb: looked cute and was well rated on TripAdvisor. (You never can trust those reviews.) no bueno.