We hurry over to the Uffizi and there are lines everywhere. Lines to possibly get in at some part, lines for people who have assigned times, and a line for people who want to buy tickets for an assigned time. We stand and wait in the line to get in and after 45 minutes of no line movement we decide to change lines. We stand in the line where we can buy tickets to get in later in the day for about 20 minutes when we are ushered in. We choose 3PM to get in. We figure that most of the people will have given up by then. Too many people!!!
We meet back up around 1 PM and go in search of lunch. We try Trattoria Marione which is just downstairs from our apartments but it is full. Then we try Buca Mario which is closed. We are starting to get worried. Finally we find an unknown restaurant, Pensavo Peggio, and luckily it is open and has room. With the exception of Jonathan we all order cacio e pepe and he has papardelle with boar ragu. Foreground-Cacio e pepe
Behind- Papardelle with boar ragu
There are a lot of people at the Uffizi. We are hoping they want to look at different art than we do. We start in Room 1 which was not open in any of our previous visits. It holds really old pieces. Oh, happy day!! 13th century crucifix St. Frances receives the stigmata. Painted 1240-50 which is only 14 to 24 years after St. Frances died. So he was a Catholic rock star pretty quickly. Old Annunciation – Mary is not looking too happy
It was too crowded to take a lot of pictures but here are a few highlights- John’s favorite Filippo Lippi, Madonna and Child with Two Angels Ryan and Jon in front of a Botticelli What it looks like in front of a more popular Botticelli. Jon is tall person center-right The turn at the end of the hallway and an opportunity to takes a sunset look at the Ponte Vecchio
By the time we get to Titians and Caravaggios I am petering out. There is an interesting room in which all the subjects have been beheaded. But I am too tired of being on my feet to enjoy much more.
We return to the apartment for snacks and drinks and turn in early.