The range of colourful pasta - the black pasta is made with Squid Ink!
Next we went in to the Duomo, which is spectacularly decorated on the outside with marble and green peridotite rocks. Inside it is decorated a little simpler - except for the painting of the dome. Mum and I climbed to the top to take in the views of Florence.
The green, white and a little bit of red (sandstone) of the outside of the Duomo
The painted dome - some rather graphic images when you look closely - lots of devils, blood and gore!
Mum climbing up the stairs to the top of the Duomo
View from the top looking down on the rest of the Duomo and tower
In the afternoon we went over the Ponte Vecchio to the other side of the river and on to the Boboli Gardens. The Ponte Vecchio is the only original bridge left in Florence after the wars and is lined with jewelry shops.
The Ponte Vecchio - the bridge with shops built on it.
Lots of jewelry shops on the Ponte Vecchio
The next day we finally managed to get tickets for the Ufizi, the famous art gallery in Florence with a lot of the original altars and paintings from the Italian masters. I don't think I have seen so many paintings of Mary and child...