We took a trip into Florence for a day.
We knew right from the start that it would be difficult to balance sights for little and big people. Mostly, standing in long lines on a hot day to see a work of wonder didn't sound so wonderful.
The Duomo and Michelangelo's David would have to wait for a return trip.
We were more excited than anything to have received an invitation to see the Corsini Royal palace by private tour courtesy of Countess Rezia Miari Fulcis, sister to the late Donna Anna who owned the Corsini Estate in which we were staying.
Our appointment wasn't until noon so we got an early view of Florence from a beautiful vantage point.
So much history in that one city. You can almost feel the pulse of Renaissance excitement.
We enjoyed the peace of San Miniato al Monte.
It is one of the most detailed Romanesque churches in Tuscany. I just wanted to lay on my back and stare at the ceiling.
Such bright artwork.
I just love every church offers silent connection and reflection.
Francesco gave us an overview of the city as we sat and took it all in.
That detail reflects such examples of Renaissance detail and artistic flourish.
Then we made our way to the palace.