The bell tower next to the Duomo

After a relaxing dinner, we check out the merry-go-round in Piazza della Repubblica. Bright and early the next morning we have reservations for the Uffizi Gallery seen here. Palazzo Vecchio -- a Florentine landmark and former home of the Medici Family Standing in the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery looking north with - the castle turret of the Palazzo Vecchio seen in the distance. The top of the Palazzo Vecchio and its distinctive castle turret
The Duomo -- Santa Maria del Fiori Cathedral and it's famous dome Giotto's Tower -- the 270 foot tall - Duomo Bell Tower and Campanile Another view of the Duomo and it's neo-Gothic facade and dome The front of the Duomo -- this cathedral - has the third largest nave of Christiandom. Lorenzo Ghiberti's bronze doors on the Baptistery facing the Duomo
Inside the cathedral looking toward the altar The rear of the cathedral has a huge distinctive clock The next morning we're back at Piazza della Repubblica, where we checked out - the merry-go-round earlier.  Many large department stores and restaurants are - located on the square.  It is the site of the original Roman Forum of Florence. The Pont Vecchio -- Florence's famous two story bridge across the Arno River. - The lower level is lined with businesses.  The upper level was used as the - A closer look at the Pont Vecchio.  Note the little motorcycle models on - the wall next to Bill.  They were on sale at the booth he was standing near.

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