|The breakfast buffet at La Scaletta (photo from http://www.hotellascaletta.it/Filtrate/50.jpg)|
|Santo Spirito, interior (photo from http://media.lonelyplanet.com/lpi/26787/26787-39/681x454.jpg)|
|Michelangelo's Christ at Santo Spirito(photo from http://www.topsightseeing.com/italy/florence/images/woodencrucifixbymichelangelo.jpg)|
To get to Bellosguardo, we walked down Via Serragli to the Porta Romana, which we did not see the last time. It is one of the primary gates of the old city wall constructed in the 14th century and designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, one of the great architects of Florence public structures.
|Porta Romana (photo from http://www.aviewoncities.com/img/florence/kveit2626s.jpg)|
From the Porta, we walked to Via Casone, and then up and up, 7/10ths of a mile (that felt much longer, though the day was bright and breezy), up past an olive grove and a private palazzo named the Limonaia (which is fronted by a lovely overlook back to Florence, and up the drive of Torre di Bellosguardo. We could not continue up the drive, as it is marked as private property, reserved for guests of the hotel. But the drive affords another lovely view back at Florence, with a different perspective than we have had.
|View from Bellosguardo, showing Duomo on the left, Palazzo Vecchio in the middle with Santo Spirito in the middle front, and just a bit of Palazzo Pitti on the right, photo by Shawn|
|View from Bellosguardo, with Palazzo Vecchio, Santo Spirito and Palazzo Pitti, photo by Shawn|
|Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, View from Bellosguardo, photo by Shawn|
|Trattoria da Ginone (photo from http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/03/a3/76/1d/trattoria-da-ginone.jpg)|
After lunch, we crossed the Arno at Ponte Santa Trinita and walked to the church of the same name.
|Chiesa di Santa Trinita, photo by Shawn|
|Chiesa dei Santi Micheli e Gaetano (photo fromhttp://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/32967687.jpg)|
|Chiesa dei Santi Micheli e Gaetano, Interior (photo from http://www.tripquickly.com/images/upload/Chiesa%20dei%20Santi%20Michele%20e%20Gaetano2.jpg)|
When we returned to Santa Trinita, we found it to be another medieval church, but with much of its art in far poorer state than that in Santa Spirito. We were able to see the famed Sassetti chapel painted by Ghirlandaio and the lovely stained glass.
|Sassetti Chapel, Chiesa di Santa Trinita (photo from http://www.italian-renaissance-art.com/images/Ghirlandaio-cappella-sasset.jpg)|
|Palazzo Vecchio, photo by me|
|Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza della Signoria (photo from http://www.visitflorence.com/img/art/florence-piazza-signoria3.jpg)|
Rather than attempt to brave the crowds and the cordon, we walked around to the north and located the Bargello, the national museum of sculpture, which I would also like to visit. (We did not make it on this trip; it doesn’t seem to be possible to see everything in Florence, though I did not try staying up round the clock to do so…)
|Bargello (photo from http://images.travelpod.com/tripwow/photos/ta-00b0-d45e-112b/museum-of-bargello-florence-italy+12892686020-tpfil02aw-1316.jpg)|
We ate in a bit more touristy place, Trattoria Ponte Vecchio, just along the Lungarno Archibusieri from the bridge, past the Uffizi. Our food was good (it’s difficult to get bad food here), but we sat between an English couple and a herd of young American girls, babbling about inanities, so we didn’t feel much as though we were in Florence. Shawn had the obligatory, but nonetheless very good, ribollita and insalata misto; I tried a tagliatelle con funghi (portabellos). We both finished with vin santo and cantucci, which was wonderful. With our dinner, we tried a rather expensive half bottle of Brunello; good, but not better than our half carafe of house red at lunch. Meandered back to the hotel, where we flung open the doors to let in the cool night air, and listened to the clinking of glasses on the terrace above, while we admire the moon and the stars over Fort Belvedere.