|Near the Piazza del Duomo|
It is 15 euros for the grand tour which we pass on and go instead to the Michelangelo Galleria on Via Cavour. The exhibit consists of “interactive machines reproduced from Leonardo’s codices”. The others explore, I sit and write in my journal.
|Piazza Delle Signoria|
The tour ends on the upper level of the Uffizi on a terrace facing the Piazza Delle Signoria. The guide says to us, “If you are not happy after this, I don’t know what to say to you!” He was lovely man. La Fontana de Nettuno (the Fountain of Neptune which is pictured above) can be found in the Piazza.
The Uffizi staff who man the exhibits are a surprising bunch. Their uniforms are unfortunate - they look like custodial janitors and they are a slovenly, undisciplined bunch guarding some of the most valuable art in the world. One woman sat in her dark sunglasses with a cellphone in hand and a trashy novel by her side and rose to take a call with a room full of people who were peering into a roped off room at some Rembrandts we were not permitted to see. Her role was to guard it.
After the Uffizi, we find another gelateria – the kids have been great and they deserve it.
|The lobby of our hotel|