Off the path, and i mean that on so many levels. After a few, exhausting days of solitary hiking along the Via Francigena ,I found myself in Florence Italy. Arriving late into the city, I aimlessly strolled across the piazza and discovered a fellow a American lone-wolf traveler. An interesting character in a cocked LA Dodgers ball cap, wandering with his eyes upward as mine enjoying the ancient architecture’s shadow lines against a cloudy dark sky. A friendly soul who shared an excellent accomodation suggestion and agreed to meet the next morning to explore. We spent a day strolling past only a few of the amazing buildings, sculptures and cobbled alleys, with a good four hours well spent in the Uffizi Museum. The Uffizi is home to an amazing collection of art begun by the Medici Family in the 16th century and the oldest and most astounding art collections under one (very large) roof, besides the Louvre.
A beautiful city, rich in history and art which well deserves at least 3 days to explore and a city i will return to for a proper wander and appreciation.
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
Michelangelo – Italian sculptor, painter, architect & poet, considered the creator of the Renaissance, 1475-1564
“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”
Galileo Galilei – Italian natural Philosopher, Astronomer and Mathematician who made fundamental contributions to the development of the scientific method and to the sciences of motion, astronomy and strength of materials, 1564-1642
“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
Leonardo da Vinci – Italian draftsman, Painter, Sculptor, Architect and Engineer whose genius epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal, 1452-1519