Aristotelian planetarium, Italian ca. 1600
Day Six was a full day of sightseeing! With only two days left, we really needed to narrow down what we still wanted to do and make choices.
First things first – a cappuccino
The day started at the Museo Galileo after hearing about it from Tamar. From the museum’s site: “The Museo Galileo is one of the foremost international institutions in the History of Science, combining a noted museum of scientific instruments and an institute dedicated to the research, documentation and dissemination of the history of science in the broadest senses.” The Medici and Lorraine families of Florence gave a lot of importance to science and the scientists of their era. The museum is a result of their support and collecting.
“Optical Trick” Ludovico Buti, 1593 (Man below, woman reflected above in the mirror)
“Quadrant” Carlo Renaldini, 1667
“Armillary Sphere” Antonio Santucci, 1588-1593
Sundials – The shadow falled on a set of hour lines that showed the time
“Trattato sopra la nuova invenzione della sfera armillare” Antonio Santucci, 1582
Globes made by the Venetian cosmographer Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, originally built for King Louis XIV of France
Another globe made by the Venetian cosmographer Vincenzo Maria Coronelli
“World Map” Murano, 1457-1459
“Bust of Amerigo Vespucci” Giovan Battista Foggini, 17th-18th cent.
“Bust of Galileo Galilei” Carlo Marcellini, 1674-1677
Telescopes made by Galileo in 1610
Right: Galileo’s index finger and thumb of right hand and a tooth; Left: middle finger of Galileo’s right hand
Galileo’s middle finger of his right hand
Evolution of the telescope
Optical trick from the 17th century
“The Writing Hand” Friedrich von Knaus, 1764
The Medical Science Room
Beautiful wooden telescopes
After the Museo Galileo, we headed back to where we had our first lunch – Trattoria da Tito. We needed to have that Bistecca alla Fiorentina one more time and of course share the experience with Grayson, Tamar, and Edward! We paired the meal with another Super-Tuscan wine, of course!
Trattoria da Tito
Koen’s ravioli with meat sauce starter
My pappardelle with wild boar as starter
Edward’s enjoying his pasta, too
The main course: Bistecca alla fiorentina
My plate: Steak with a bit of the house seasoning, potatoes, and porcini mushrooms!
Ending our huge lunch with a glass of homemade limoncello – and the owner gave Koen and me a bottle to take home!
Keeping Edward entertained
Trying to get Edward to sit still for a photo
Edward with his favorite aunt and uncle
Now time for dessert. We all did a bit of research about where we can find the best gelato in Florence and we still needed to try Gelateria dei Neri. I think Edward also started developing a taste for a gelato…even though he was only allowed a few bites!
Ready for dessert!
So many flavors to chose from!
My caramel and vanilla gelato
Oops – Grayson and Tamar got mad at us for feeding Edward gelato
Didn’t want to give back the little spoon
Keeping Edward entertained
We went for a little walk while the others finished their gelato
Still holding on to the little spoon
Edward with the ladies
We all had our lists of things still to do, so at this point we split again. Koen and I headed to the Basilica di Santa Croce, also known as the Temple of the Italian Glories because Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli, amongst others, are buried there.
Piazza Santa Croce
Basilica of Santa Croce
Michelangelo’s tomb (in the middle)
One of the cloisters of the Basilica
View inside the cloister
Details in the walkway
Afterwards, we still had a little bit of time and headed to the Gucci Museo for a bit of Florentine fashion history – no photos allowed inside!
The Gucci Museo – this photo is actually from the next day, because it was too dark for a good photo that night!