Statue of Dante Alighieri"…here is a statue from Piazza di Santa Croce…"
Il DuomoAt the heart of the skyline, a mountainous dome of red tiles rose up, its zenith adorned with a gilt copper ball that glinted like a beacon. Il Duomo."
Porta RomanaSienna pointed three hundred yards ahead to the Porta Romana - the ancient stone gateway that served as the entrance to Old Florence. "Robert we've got a problem."
Boboli Gardens.. toward the garden's main thoroughfare - the Viottolone.. The Viottolone was as wide as a two-lane road and line by a row of slender, four-hundred old Cypress trees.
"Which is why w're taking the tunnel beside it"- a tunnel running parallel with the Viottolone. It was enclosed on either side by a phalanx of prune hold oaks, which had been carefully trained to arch inward over the path, intertwining overhead and providing an awning of foliage. The pathway's name, La Cerchiata.."
A spire of water shot twenty feet in the air. Now they were looking out at the Boboli's most famous spouting fountain - Stoldo Lorenzi's bronze of Neptune clutching his three-pronged trident..
Langdon led her to the left, and they began descending a steep incline. As they emerged from the trees, the Pitti Palace came into view..
..The guidebooks referred to the piece as a "colossal stone basin from Rome's Baths of Caracalla", but Langdon always saw it for what it truly was - the world's largest bathtub.
"Good God, the Medici could afford any artwork on earth, and they chose this?".. That's Braccio di Bartolo - a famous court dwarf
Langdon suddenly cut to his left, away from the entrance and toward a feature Sienna had previously missed - a gray door to the left of the cavern.
..Perhaps twice a day, a VIP tour would arrive outside the space, having walked all the way from the Uffizi Gallery. Ernesto would greet them, unlock the metal gate, and permit the group to pass through to the little grey door, where their tour would end in the Boboli Gardens."
Vasari Corridor & Ponte Vecchio
IL CORRIDOIO VASARIANO. The Vasari Corridor was designed by Giorgio Vasari .. to provide safe passage from his residence at Pitti Palace to his administrative offices, across the Arno River in the Palazzo Vecchio.
Langdon and Sienna moved to the portal and peered out, seeing that they were currently perched above the Ponte Vecchio - the medieval stone bridge that serves as pedestrian walkway into Old City.
|View of Ponte Vecchio and Vasari Corridor from Uffizi Gallery|
Beneath her, Vayentha noticed a four-man crew shell skimming across the water and passing under the bridge. The hull read SOCIETA CANOTTIERI FIRENZE. Could Langdon have taken a boat across?
Palazzo Vecchio, Cerca Trova & The Death MaskThe building's unusual single spire, rising off the center from within he square fortress, cuts a distinctive profile against the skyline and has become an inimitable symbol of Florence.
Built as a potent seat of Italian government, the building imposes on its arriving visitors an intimidating array of masculine statuary.. Neptune.. David.. Hercules and Cacus..
Normally, Langdon's visit to the Palazzo Vecchio had begun here on the Piazza della Signoria, which, despite its overabundance of phalluses, had always been one of his favourite plazas in Europe. No trip to the Piazza was complete without sipping an espresso at Caffe Riviore, followed by a visit to the Medici Lions in the Loggia Dei Lanzi - the piazza's open air sculpture gallery..
As it turns out, this phrase points very specifically to a famous mural that hangs in the Palazzo Vecchio - Giorgio Vasari's Battalia di Marciano in the Hall of Five Hundred.
These ten letters, Langdon had realised, stood at the core of one of the art world's most enigmatic mysteries, a centuries-old puzzle that had never been solved. In 1563..
It's almost impossible to see it from down here without binoculars but in the top middle section, if you look just below the two farm-houses on the hillside, there's a tiny green flag..
Obviously, your brother is no interested in any of our other pieces, but as long as you're here, you shouldn't miss our bust of Machiavelli or the Mappa Mundi globe in the Hall of Maps.
Case di Dante & Church of DanteThe Casa Di Dante is located on Via Santa Margherita and is easily identified by the large banner suspended from the stone facade partway up the alleyway: Museo Casa Di Dante.
Known as the Church of Date, the sanctuary of Chiesa di Santa Margherita dei Cerchi is more of a chapel than a church..
Cathedral ComplexHaving Arrived on the south side of the piazza, Langdon and Sienna were not facing the side of the cathedral with its dazzling exterior of green, pink and white marble.
The Gates of Paradise
Crafted of gilded bronze and over fifteen feet tall, the doors had taken Lorenzo Ghiberti more than twenty years to complete. They were adorned with ten intricate panels of delicate biblical figures… Michaelangela had proclaimed them so beautiful as to be fit for use - as the Gates of Paradise.
The Baptistry of San GiovanniAdorned in the same polychromatic facing stones and striped pilasters as the cathedral, the baptistry distinguished itself from the larger building by its striking shape - a perfect octagon.
Legend proclaims that it is physical impossible, upon entering the Baptistry of San Giovanni, not to look up..
Langdon fixed his gaze now on the centrepiece of mosaic. Hovering directly above the main altar rose a twenty-seven foot Jesus Christ, seated in judgement over the saved and damned.
On His left hand, however, the sinful were stoned.. Overseeing the torture was a colossal mosaic of Satan portrayed as an infernal, man-eating beast. Lo 'mperador del dolorous regno. The emperor of the despondent kingdom.
On a raised platform, behind a decorative gate, there sat a tall hexagonal plinth of caved marble, which resembled a small altar or service table. The exterior was so intricately carved that it resembled a mother-of-pearl cameo. Atop the marble base sat a polished wooden top..
St Marks BasilicaAnd what's more, the interior of St Mark's famous for being adorned, it is entirety, in solid gold tiles
First we go to St Mark's Basilica and find the tomb or statue of tis treacherous doge, and then we kneel down.
Santa LuciaVenice's SANTA LUCIA Train station is an elegant, low-slung structure made of grey stone and concrete. It was designed in a modern, minimalist style , with a facade that is gracefully devoid of all signage except one symbol - the winged letters FS - the icon of the state railway system, the Ferrovie dell Stato
Church of San Geremia
Casino Di VeneziaOnce a private mansion, it was now a black-tie gaming hall that was famous for being on the site at which, in 1883, composer Richard Wagner had collapsed dead of a heart attack..
Rialto BridgeAhead, the famous Rialto Bridge loomed - the halfway point to St. Mark's Square.
Pushing past the crush of tourists on the Rialto Bridge, Sienna Brooks began running again, sprinting west along the canal-front…
St.Marks Square…lies at the Southern-most tip of Venice's Grand Canal, where the sheltered waterway merges with the open sea.
Dogana Da Mar Maritime CustomsOver-looking this perilous intersection is the austere triangular fortress of Dogana da Mar - the Maritime Customs Office - whose watchtower once guarded Venice against foreign invasion. Nowadays, the twee has been replaced y a massive golden globe…
Campanile Di San MarcoIn a city where high-rises were non existent as a result of their tendency to sink, the towering Campanile di San Marco served as a navigational beacon
Ponte Dei Sospiri
Il Ponte dei Sospiri," Sienna replied. "A famous Venetian bridge". Langdon peered dan the cramped waterway and saw the beautifully carved, enclosed tunnel that arched between the two buildings. The Bridge of Sighs…