I am so sorry for the big lag between Italy vacation posts. Theo and I reached the end of his third quarter of homeschool, and this is always a big scramble to finish up projects, polish papers chosen for submission, and for me…scan, scan, organize, and scan. I just couldn’t fit any time to share more of Florence, until now.
Considering that homeschool kept me away from blogging, I’ll start with the Leonardo da Vinci museum, which was a little museum of reproductions and models of many of his inventions from his notebook illustrations. This was a required stop for Theo, who was doing a history book report on a biography of da Vinci, and who was also to do a model of his pyramidal parachute as a project. We joined an Italian school group also touring this very hands-on, interactive museum. We found it at the Galleria Michelangiolo, the irony of which is not lost on me.
It’s no major attraction, but it was a fun diversion, and suitably touchable for children, which so much in museums is not. In fact, most of indoor Italy seems to be off-limits for photos, too. That will affect this series, for sure.
Theo has a very limited touring-threshold, so in general, we would go out and explore for several hours, and then return to the hotel for a break before heading out for more sights without him. As a result, it really was kind of important to have a comfortable and safe hotel room, and wi-fi. Well, truly, we all prefer good wi-fi access.
Our hotel in Florence, Residenza Johanna, was nice. It was off the main street and a few blocks’ walk from Palazzio St. Mark. While that made it convenient to the Accademia Gallery, and a science museum, it was a bit too much of a hike to everywhere else. In future, I would prefer staying closer. Our room was at the end of a hall, and had a separate sitting room with a daybed made up for Theo. It wasn’t large, but it wasn’t small, and the bathroom, which had a shower, was generous. Unfortunately, the wi-fi connection was a little weak, so Theo spent chunks of time on a sofa in the hallway, where he could stream You-tube better. The included breakfast was a lovely continental spread with perfect cappucinos. I really need some protein in the morning, though, so I confess they didn’t last me all morning. Fortunately, you can get great breakfasty croissant sandwiches and things for a nice, Hobbity mid-morning snack on something like every third street corner.
Next time, some of what we found on our excursions.