The Oltrarno

Oltrarno means the opposite side of the Arno River from central Florence. We walked through the Piazza della Signoria and over the Ponte Vecchio to cross the river.

The Rape of the Sabine Women

The Rape of the Sabine Women

Menelaus Supporting the Body of Patroclus

Menelaus Supporting the Body of Patroclus

The Rape of Polyxena

The Rape of Polyxena

Ponte Vecchio's Passageway

Ponte Vecchio's Passageway

Ponte Vecchia

Ponte Vecchia

Ponte Vecchio Shops

Ponte Vecchio Shops

We were headed for the Piazzale Michelangelo, a parking lot with a view of the city. To get to this viewpoint, we had to climb the Viale Galileo, a tenth-of-a-mile-long staircase. There were a few cats roaming around the stairs, and a small garden halfway up with lemon trees.

The view from here is great. Not as impressive as that from the Duomo because we're a little farther from the city here, but impressive nonetheless. Particularly on a day like today.

Me and Suzanne

Me and Suzanne

Steps to Piazzale Michelangelo

Steps to Piazzale Michelangelo

Florence View

Florence View

Florence Panorama

Florence Panorama

A little farther up the hill is the Church of San Miniato al Monte—said to be one of the most impressive Romanesque churches in the world. Dating from the early 11th century, the church is unlike any I've ever seen. The nave looked normal, but the back, where the altar is normally, was divided into two levels. The altar was 10-15 steps up, while a crypt was only a few steps down. Such a high altar.

Our Pods

Our Pods

San Miniato al Monte Cemetery

San Miniato al Monte Cemetery

Outside Church

Outside Church

San Miniato Church

San Miniato Church

St. Miniato Fresco

St. Miniato Fresco

St. Miniato and Ceiling

St. Miniato and Ceiling

After walking down and back over the Arno, Suzanne and I walked around town a bit while my parents went back to the hotel. Roaming the streets was a delight, particularly on a sunny, spring day such as today.

Palazzo Uffizi

Palazzo Uffizi

Rowers on the Arno

Rowers on the Arno

On the Arno

On the Arno

Il Porcellino

Il Porcellino

Palazzo Strozzi Art

Palazzo Strozzi Art

High Knobs

High Knobs

Florence Street

Florence Street

Busini

Busini

David and Friends

David and Friends

So Italian

So Italian

Cosimo I de' Medici

Cosimo I de' Medici

For our last night in Florence, and in Europe, we had another great dinner. Decided to try Trattoria Carmillo, on the other side of the Arno. Started with Prosecco, the warm-up, and we had the Parma ham and melon and split other appetizers. I ate the squid for dinner and it was dynamite. We left about 10 p.m. and I took a few more photos of our last night.

Ponte Vecchio at Night

Ponte Vecchio at Night

Florence Sunset

Florence Sunset

Family Portrait

Family Portrait

Final Night

Final Night