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 Paintings and sculpture, sculpture and paintings – Florence is bursting with them at every turn.

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The Uffizi gallery has hundreds of exquisite Renaissance paintings still as beautiful and sharp in colour as the day they were painted.

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It was very easy to become de-sensitised after about the fifteenth room – ‘oh there’s another beautiful gold leafed masterpiece’…

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I’m not a big sculpture aficionado but I could see the talent behind the pieces – I just can’t think how you would start to sculpt and what if you made a mistake?

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 But painting has merit at every turn for me – colour contrasts or harmony, emotion captured, clever composition or just great beauty.

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And the buildings in and around Florence captured all of that inside and out.

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I snapped every inch of most churches, with my iPhone, because I could see pattern reference material for years to come.

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I did actually get excited about seeing this great and famous picture (along with the queue of others who felt the same – hence bad photo)

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Hope you’ve enjoyed a tiny taster here.

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