Thursday, September 17, 2009

My Italy Sketchbook. Day Three...from Venice to Florence

So our weekend in Venice has come to an end...on our last morning I did a quick, and not very successful, watercolor sketch of the Rialto bridge. If I'm brave I may post it later! This is the view from our water taxi as we headed to the train station. Arevederci, Venezia!
We arrived in Florence on a beautiful, sunny afternoon. Our travel agent had said to just "take a cab ride" from the train station to our hotel. So we did. It was the shortest cab ride ever. Our hotel was right around the corner! Oh least that's the only cab ride we need in Florence. It is so easy to walk everywhere...we really saw a lot during our 4 days in the city. After a nice dinner we walked along the Arno River. Behind me is the Ponte Vecchio. All of the little shops on the bridge sell jewelry, in case you are interested!

Apparently Italian canines appreciate the view, too!

Another bridge over the Arno.

We only walked for a short while before we realized traffic is CRAZY in Florence! Most of the people drive very small cars, such as this three-wheeled yellow car, or little Vespa scooters. Everyone drives fast, and when a HUGE tour bus rounds a corner, no one slows down - they SPEED UP and dare to cut in front of the enourmous bus!

The Piazza Ognissanti.
Only a couple blocks from our hotel was the Santa Maria Novella, a beautiful church. We visit the church later in our trip.

We crash early...tomorow we head out on a Chianti Wine tour after exploring the Boboli Gardens.


Elizabeth Seaver said...

Wow! What gorgeous photos. Lots of inspiration waiting to be painted there.

olha pryymak said...

Awesome! Looking forward to some Italy inspired paintings now... We just were in those parts a few weeks ago - in Milan and by lake Como

Krystyna81 said...

Oh I have so many ideas swarming around in my head! I can't wait to paint some Italy inspired pieces :)