In this week’s round-up of our ‘photo a day project’, we make our way north to Tuscany and, using the Renaissance city of Florence as a base, we track down some of the world's most recognised monuments and artworks.
Here's what we got up to this week!
August 25th 2014. Ponte Vecchio. After our first and successful trial of the car sharing service Blablacar, we arrive in the beautiful city of Florence and birthplace of the Renaissance.
August 26th 2014. David. More than 500 years old and heralded the world over as one of the finest works of art of all time, it's safe to say that the Galleria dell'Accademia has Michelangelo to thank for the millions of visitors that pass through their doors every year. Interestingly, two other artists passed up the job before Michelangelo finally got a hold of the solid piece of marble. The rest, they say, is history.
August 27th 2014. Giotto's Campanile. Richly encrusted with shades of green and pink polychrome marble, this freestanding 19th century bell tower is one of three parts that make up the UNESCO recognised Il Duomo di Firenze.
August 28th 2014. Florentine steak. When a separate side table is brought out specifically for your t-bone steak, you know it's going to get interesting. And as much as we like to indulge in a quality steak on occasions, this 1kg rare monster got the better of us. We'd take a nice cut of Kobe a quarter of the size any day. What's the best steak you've ever had?
August 29th 2014. Leaning Tower of Pisa. Although obviously designed and built to stand perfectly vertical, due to insufficient foundation on one side, the tower has always exhibited its characteristic lean in varying degrees.
August 30th 2014. Uffizi Museum. An art museum boasting works by not one but all four Ninja Turtles is definitely worth a visit in our books, don't you think? :)
August 31st 2014. Watch tower. The medieval city of Siena makes for the perfect day trip from Florence. It's best known for its biannual bareback horse race, but the architecture can be enjoyed all year round. Did we mention the city is UNESCO World Heritage listed? Be sure to check out Piazza del Campo, the largest medieval square in Europe, in the shape of a shell!