Florence Day Six

Aristotelian planetarium, Italian ca. 1600

Aristotelian planetarium, Italian ca. 1600

 

Day Six was a full day of sightseeing! With only two days left, we really needed to narrow down what we still wanted to do and make choices.

First things first - a cappuccino

First things first – a cappuccino

 

Inside Caffeino

Inside Caffeino

 

The day started at the Museo Galileo after hearing about it from Tamar. From the museum’s site: “The Museo Galileo is one of the foremost international institutions in the History of Science, combining a noted museum of scientific instruments and an institute dedicated to the research, documentation and dissemination of the history of science in the broadest senses.” The Medici and Lorraine families of Florence gave a lot of importance to science and the scientists of their era. The museum is a result of their support and collecting.

Museo Galileo

Museo Galileo

 

"Optical Trick" Ludovico Buti, 1593

“Optical Trick” Ludovico Buti, 1593 (Man below, woman reflected above in the mirror)

 

"Quadrant" Carlo Renaldini, 1667

“Quadrant” Carlo Renaldini, 1667

 

"Armillary Sphere" Antonio Santucci, 1588-1593

“Armillary Sphere” Antonio Santucci, 1588-1593

 

Sundials - The shadow falled on a set of hour lines that showed the time

Sundials – The shadow falled on a set of hour lines that showed the time

 

"Trattato sopra la nuova invenzione della sfera armillare" Antonio Santucci, 1582

“Trattato sopra la nuova invenzione della sfera armillare” Antonio Santucci, 1582

 

Globes made by the Venetian cosmographer Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, originally built for King Louis XIV of France

Globes made by the Venetian cosmographer Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, originally built for King Louis XIV of France

 

Another globe made by the Venetian cosmographer Vincenzo Maria Coronelli

Another globe made by the Venetian cosmographer Vincenzo Maria Coronelli

 

"World Map" Murano, 1457-1459

“World Map” Murano, 1457-1459

 

"Bust of Amerigo Vespucci" Giovan Battista Foggini, 17th-18th cent.

“Bust of Amerigo Vespucci” Giovan Battista Foggini, 17th-18th cent.

 

"Bust of Galileo Galilei" Carlo Marcellini, 1674-1677

“Bust of Galileo Galilei” Carlo Marcellini, 1674-1677

 

Telescopes made by Galileo in 1610

Telescopes made by Galileo in 1610

 

Right: Galileo's index finger and thumb of right hand and a tooth; Left: middle finger of Galileo's right hand

Right: Galileo’s index finger and thumb of right hand and a tooth; Left: middle finger of Galileo’s right hand

 

Galileo's middle finger of his right hand

Galileo’s middle finger of his right hand

 

Thermometers

Thermometers

 

Evolution of the telescope

Evolution of the telescope

 

Optical trick from the 17th century

Optical trick from the 17th century

 

"The Writing Hand" Friedrich von Knaus, 1764

“The Writing Hand” Friedrich von Knaus, 1764

 

The Medical Science Room

The Medical Science Room

 

Beautiful wooden telescopes

Beautiful wooden telescopes

 

After the Museo Galileo, we headed back to where we had our first lunchTrattoria da Tito. We needed to have that Bistecca alla Fiorentina one more time and of course share the experience with Grayson, Tamar, and Edward! We paired the meal with another Super-Tuscan wine, of course!

Trattoria da Tito

Trattoria da Tito

 

Our Super-Tuscan

Our Super-Tuscan

 

Koen's ravioli with meat sauce starter

Koen’s ravioli with meat sauce starter

 

My pappardelle with wild boar as starter

My pappardelle with wild boar as starter

 

Edward's enjoying his pasta, too

Edward’s enjoying his pasta, too

 

The main course: Bistecca alla fiorentina

The main course: Bistecca alla fiorentina

 

Mom's excited!

Mom’s excited!

 

Perfection!

Perfection!

 

My plate: Steak with a bit of the house seasoning, potatoes, and porcini mushrooms!

My plate: Steak with a bit of the house seasoning, potatoes, and porcini mushrooms!

 

Ending our huge lunch with a glass of homemade limoncello - and the owner gave Koen and me a bottle to take home!

Ending our huge lunch with a glass of homemade limoncello – and the owner gave Koen and me a bottle to take home!

 

Keeping Edward entertained

Keeping Edward entertained

 

Trying to get Edward to sit still for a photo

Trying to get Edward to sit still for a photo

 

Edward with his favorite aunt and uncle

Edward with his favorite aunt and uncle

 

Now time for dessert. We all did a bit of research about where we can find the best gelato in Florence and we still needed to try Gelateria dei Neri. I think Edward also started developing a taste for a gelato…even though he was only allowed a few bites!

Ready for dessert!

Ready for dessert!

 

So many flavors to chose from!

So many flavors to chose from!

 

My caramel and vanilla gelato

My caramel and vanilla gelato

 

Oops - Grayson and Tamar got mad at us for feeding Edward gelato

Oops – Grayson and Tamar got mad at us for feeding Edward gelato

 

Didn't want to give back the little spoon

Didn’t want to give back the little spoon

 

Yum!

Yum!

 

Keeping Edward entertained

Keeping Edward entertained

 

We went for a little walk while the others finished their gelato

We went for a little walk while the others finished their gelato

 

Still holding on to the little spoon

Still holding on to the little spoon

 

Edward with the ladies

Edward with the ladies

 

We all had our lists of things still to do, so at this point we split again. Koen and I headed to the Basilica di Santa Croce, also known as the Temple of the Italian Glories because Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli, amongst others, are buried there.

Piazza Santa Croce

Piazza Santa Croce

 

Basilica of Santa Croce

Basilica of Santa Croce

 

Inside

Inside

 

Galileo's tomb

Galileo’s tomb

 

Michelangelo's tomb

Michelangelo’s tomb (in the middle)

 

Beautiful altar

Beautiful altar

 

One of the cloisters of the Basilica

One of the cloisters of the Basilica

 

View inside the cloister

View inside the cloister

 

Details in the walkway

Details in the walkway

 

Opa gate

Opa gate

 

Quick selfie

Quick selfie

 

Afterwards, we still had a little bit of time and headed to the Gucci Museo for a bit of Florentine fashion history – no photos allowed inside!

The Gucci Museo - this photo is actually from the next day, because it was too dark for a good photo that night!

The Gucci Museo – this photo is actually from the next day, because it was too dark for a good photo that night!

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