Saturday, May 24, 2008

Florence, Italy

In Florence, we took a guided walking tour to learn about some of the history in the morning, and then the rest of the day was free time to explore.

This is a replica of the Statue of David. The real one was huge and amazing, but we weren't allowed to take pictures of it. The detail was awesome... you could see the veins in his arms and hands and the pupils of his eyes are hearts. It is supposed to represent a contemplative David after his victory over Goliath and was completed in 1504.
The Duomo is the 4th largest cathedral in the world, and the first one completed in Europe. This was probably my favorite cathedral we saw. The inside was breathtaking and filled you with awe.

The view overlooking the city.

That evening we visited the Tuscan Hills Dinner Feast with our group. It was one of the most entertaining nights! There were a number of locals there, and we had live music and Italian dancing all evening. Pictured above, Chad is taking a dance lesson from some of the locals. The food was amazing as well!

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