In the morning we all met up in the lobby to do the city tour, with our local specialist Rosa. Rosa walked us around the city starting at the fabulous El Duomo. The cathedral was begun at the end of the 13th century by Arnolfo di Cambio, and the dome, which dominates the exterior, was added in the 15th century on a design of Filippo Brunelleschi. The outside is decorated in pink, white and green marble and the pictures don't do it justice
From there we walked to the Piazza Della Signoria, this has been the center of political life in Florence since the 14th century with the prominent Palazzo Vecchio overlooking the square. The square is dotted with sculptures which include a copy of Michelangelo's David, Nettuno (1575) by Ammannati, and the Loggia dei Lanzi
From there is a short walk to the Ponte Vecchio; which was built very close to the Roman crossing, the Ponte Vecchio, was the only bridge across the Arno in Florence until 1218.
we finished the city tour at the Santa Croce church, the church has frescoes by Gaddi in the Cappella Maggiore tell the story of the holy cross, "Santa Croce", and beautiful frescoes by Giotto in the Bardi and Peruzzi Chapels show scenes from the life of St. Francis and St. John the Evangelist. We had lunch at one of the many restaurants dotting the piazza and then continued on to leather for demonstrations in the Peruzzi leather store and for an introduction to the jewellery of Florence at the Gold Corner.