|Last view of Florence|
Wake-up was slightly later – 06:30 – with our bags to be out in the hallway for 07:30, the same time as breakfast.
|Chapel of the Blessed|
Sacrament, Church of
Santa Maria Novella
At 08:30, we walked from the hotel to the nearby church of Santa Maria Novella, where Fr. Chris said Mass in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.
|The Uffizi Gallery|
Isabella met up with us again afterward, and we walked to the Uffizi Gallery just off the Piazza della Signoria [LINK]. What was built in the 16th century to be offices (Uffizi) for Florentine city officials very early became a show-house for artistic treasures accumulated by the Medici family who dominated those offices and which were ultimately bequeathed to the city by the last Medici heiress in the 17th century. Our group of 46 then split up into two smaller groups to tour the repository of some of the most famous paintings and statues in the world [Virtual tour: LINK]. We followed Isabella. Once again, a couple of hours was not nearly enough time. It was downright frustrating, in fact, the one constant albeit inevitable aspect of this journey. Anne and I took far too many pictures to incorporate even a fraction here; I will post a number at the bottom of this entry.