Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Museo Horne in Florence Italy
This morning after breakfast we were out the door by 9:30 am and on our way over the bridge; stopping along the way for the daily photo of Ponte Vecchio. The Museo Horne is only a few blocks past the bridge and we arrived just as they were opening their doors. No photos allowed so the few that I have were on the sly. Hebert Percy Horne, an English architect and art historian, acquired the historic Corsi building on Via dei Benci in 1911. He used his collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and decorations to recreate the atmosphere and setting of an authentic Renaissance home. Today visitors are presented with a refined treasure of masterpieces but above all else it is a home, decorated with original works dating from the thirteenth to seventeenth centuries, in the heart of Florence, a symbol of the culture of the Renaissance.
One of the highlights of the tour was a video that interacted with a film on the wall; very advanced technology and fascinating to watch as the actor was made to look like Hebert Horne as he told his story of his career and friendships with other famous people that influenced him during his lifetime.
Leaving the museum we walked back towards the Arno River all the way to the Ponte Vecchio where we crossed the bridge and made a sharp right turn into the Oltrarno Neighborhood that we'd visited last week in the afternoon.
Back into the neighborhood to walk more streets; churches were beginning to close as most do from noon until about four o'clock. We reach the Piazza at Santo Spirito again and then walked on Via Romana to the Bobilli Garden Gate on the western tip of the massive gardens of the Pitti Palace. Returning we found Via Maggio and walked all the way back to the river admiring the various Palazzos of the rich and famous in the fifteenth century.
About 3:30 pm I decided to walk up to see the church at the top of our hill, a beautiful church that is visible from all over Florence called St. Miniato al Monte. It took me about half an hour to walk first to the Michelangelo Overlook and then to the church just beyond. It is very old and has a cemetery that surrounds it. I enjoyed all of the frescos on the walls and the very unusual design of the church. On my
Jim was ready to play cards by the time I arrived home at five o'clock. We stopped mid-game and fixed our dinner but I did finally win a game tonight! He's been winning twice as many games as I have so it was nice to win one tonight! Thanks for joining me on our journey today.
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