The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 16: Farewell to Florence

Your Virtual Italy Vacation continues as Thor and I visit a last few sites of artistic splendor in Florence, before boarding a train to our next stop.

NOTE: Since European travel is still tenuous with the pandemic surging again, I’m continuing my blog series offering a virtual vacation and time-travel to my first big trip with Thor in 2008. Italy! After starting with highlight photos posted here on Saturday, Jan. 30, I offer a new installment every week (after a blogging detour in real time to Hawaii). Join us in Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Venice, and Milan. Buon viaggio!

Our all-too-brief time in Florence is ending — so much more we could see some day — so we’ll wind up with more amazing artistry. The Bargello Museum, built in the 1300s, was originally the town hall, then a prison and home to the chief of police. Executions took place in its courtyard until 1786, then it emerged phoenix-like in 1865 as one of Italy’s first national museums.

This lovely statue of the goddess Juno was originally the central figure in a 1556 fountain grouping by Batolomeo Ammannati:

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