Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Florence Day 3

On Day 3 we went to the Uffizi Gallery, it is like the National Gallery in London, only larger and huge queues, but well worth the wait! We queued for about 2 hours and saw so many artworks. I did not expect to see some of the works i did. I knew i would see the two famous Botticelli, The Birth of Venus and Primavera. Seeing these in real life was amazing but i was much more impressed with the Primavera than the other, The Birth of Venus is such a famous and reproduced image and was impressive to see how large it was in real life but i really loved the detail and iconography which yo can see with the Primavera. I loved it how the Uffizi showed the artworks as some of the works which are the most famous artworks in the world were put in such modest places and sometimes due to just being in a small room with other works which i didnt realise i got such a shock from seeing some works such as the Venus of Urbino by Titian is in a small room and I didn't realize it was in this gallery but extremely happy that it was. Another piece in this gallery which i really wanted to see before coming to Florence was the Battle of San Romano by Uccello. I have seen the version in London and love it and to be able to now have seen two of the three versions was great. All i need to do now is pop to Paris and see the third version in the Louvre. Once you have seen all the rooms and paintings there is a beautiful outdoor terrace which when i was there was the best weather we had all week so we could have a drink in the sun looking over Florence. If you go to Florence you can not miss the Uffizi.

After the Uffizi we went into the hills of Florence to the Piazzale Michelangelo, where we did a 'sound walk' which was walking up to the monastery in silence and listen to Gregorian monks chant religious songs. It was an odd experience but well worth it as it gives you time to listen to the things which you would not normally hear. The Monastery is also at the top of a hill and gives a fantastic view of Florence and watching the sun set over Florence is another must do!

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