And thus it was that at 2.25 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, as the plane (yes, plane, with propellers and everything!) was landing in Firenze, I first caught sight of the Duomo.
And I nearly cried.
Here’s the view from my hotel room, on the executive floor of the Hilton Metropole:
With work taking up all of Thursday, and a business dinner on Friday evening, I took some time on Friday to go to the Kunstshistorische Museum (an art museum) and also to the royal treasury of the Habsburgs.
The art museum has a major collection of Flemish paintings, and some Klimt murals.
This Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder is one of the most famous paintings in the collection:
I took a break for a lentil salad for lunch, in the museum dining room:
And then to the Hofburg:
And from the museum, check out the underbite on Leopold I:
The inbred royals!!