9/27/2019, Florence (Piazzale Michelangelo)
This wide-open square with a huge David statue came into view before our bus stopped.
A bronze copy of David facing Florence stood at the center of the Piazzale Michelangelo.
Beyond Florence are the hills of Settignano and Fiesole.
The monument, dedicated to sculptor Michelangelo,
was brought up by nine pairs of oxen in June 1873.
A panoramic view of Florence from the Michelangelo square.
A neoclassical-style loggia dominates a terrace above the square.
The loggia today houses a restaurant.
Lunch at the restaurant.
Ribollita soup, pasta with clam, and fried calamari & shrimp.
Ribollita soup is a Tuscan specialty, which means re-boiled, by re-boiling left-over bread and vegetables into a soup.
Our waiter explained that all the soup had been soaked up by the bread, that's why the soup did not look soupy any more.
Spaghetti with plump clams.
Besides the lovely setting,
all of the dishes were delicious.
The restaurant's name is "La Loggia".
As you can see through the window, tour bus and HOHO bus were making stops at the square.
Our bill, which was very reasonable considering the location and setting.
We did not know why they waived the cover charge (usually €2 to €3/pp.)
On the return, we changed from bus to a tram to go back to our hotel.