Posting this for my Flickr contacts who haven't seen it before. I think i'm missing Europe and starting to think about returning. ;0)
DESCRIPTION: On my last evening in Florence I stood around for over an hour quietly observing the scene in front of the Duomo (Santa Maria dei Fiori) and the Campanile di Giotto (the massive bell tower whose base you see here). Clusters of visitors moved about these impressive buildings, scurrying by in the rain. They came from all directions converging on the cathedral in small and large groups. I was standing on top of a bench to get a good point of view ....when all of a sudden a tour emerged from around the corner and was moving quickly in the rain towards the entrance of the cathedral!! My prayers for a red umbrella to show up were answered at last, and for whatever reason, this group was moving in a regular pattern - in pairs and threesomes, like ducks in a row - that echoed the marble inlay designs in a whimsical way. Never was I so happy to see a group of tourists! I felt like running over to thank them!! :o)
Some excellent information about Giotto, one of my favorite artists of
the early Renaissance.....at this link at Wikipedia....where it
explains his involvement with this tower, and his beautiful frescos.
[Giotto di Bondone (Colle di Vespignano, near Florence 1267 – January 8, Florence 1337), better known simply as Giotto, was a Florentine painter and architect. He is generally considered the first in a line of great artists who contributed to and developed the Italian Renaissance.]