Friday, April 10, 2015
Climbing The Bell Tower, Visiting Four Museums Plus A Concert
By 9:30 am he was back out and since his next one was not open yet we walked around to the entrance to the bell tower that had already opened. I took the ticket and walk straight in and started my climb up the 414 steps to the top for some great views. Even got one of Jim down below while he waited for me. Tough part is that the up and down are on the same set of stairs and half of them are circular steps and very narrow. No handrails provided; just hard stone walls that you can touch on both sides of you.
The last museum of the Duomo collection was the inside of the Cathedrale...they'd removed all of the equipment for lighting the fire crackers in the carriage last Sunday...so he got a nicer view of the church and then he went downstairs to view the museum of Santa Reparata.
Soon we were back on the street where we walked north to San Marco Piazzza; but the museum there closed early today. So we went to Plan B and hopped aboard Bus # 23 to see where it would take us. We rode the bus for nearly two hours and went from the center to the northwest corner of Florence and then back across town to the far southeast side of the city. We'd passed our bus stop for the apartment during the last portion of the ride and when we again reached that point, Jim got off and went home while I continued on to the grocery store to pick up our meat for tonight's dinner. I walked home and was in the door by four o'clock. A fun day! But, not over.
Arrived at the Teatro Verdi about fifteen minutes before the start of the program. The halls were full of people enjoying their evening; many at the bar inside of the theater. We had balcony seats about half way down the side, room number 20, on the second level. Very good seats on little red chairs; there was room for two more people but we had it all to ourselves. The concert was classical music performed by the Toscana Orchestra, directed by Daniel Rustioni; a 32 year old man who was awarded the designation as the Best Newcomer at the International Opera Awards in 2013. The second selection was with a french horn solist by the name of Andrea Albori. After the intermission, our third performance was all four movements of a beautiful and haunting piece by Robert Schumann.
By eleven o'clock we'd made our way down the very busy Friday night crowds in the streets and arrived home. It's Saturday morning now as I sit in bed and finished this very long journal of a wonderful day in Florence. I hope you enjoyed our day as much as we did. We set a record today of just over eight miles on the pedometer.
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