Another view of the Duomo and it's neo-Gothic facade and dome

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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 At 1 pm we had reservations to the Accademia to see - the famous Michelangelo's David.  We found a long line.
The line was for those without reservations. - We got in after just a short wait. Our hotel in Florence, the Best Western Fleming This is the view from our room at the hotel. 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. There was lots of foot and bicycle traffic on the bridge. Looking east up the Arno River.  The Uffizi Gallery is on the left. We're now in Mestre near Venice.  Note the sign... that's our hotel. The Hotel Villa Adele -- our home for two days.  A bus at the corner took us into Venice. - This was our only two days of gray skies and showers during the entire trip.

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