Day twelve, Monday 19/06/17
Now don’t get me wrong, I love Italy. We’ve had a great trip so far, and seen some great sights.
I’ve just got one little gripe….
One of the highlights of Florence is the great fountain of Neptune, in the Palazzo Signoria. Absolutely one of the highlights of sixteenth century Florentine sculpture. So clearly I’m dead keen to photograph it.
This is what we found.
Yep, covered up because of a major restoration. Bugger, bugger, bugger!
Never mind, when we get to Bologna, one of the top attractions is the fountain of Neptune. Absolutely one of the highlights of sixteenth century Bolognese sculpture.
Well, you guessed it…
Covered up for a major restoration!
It turns out that master renaissance sculptor, Giambologna, had a hand in creating both fountains. The moral of the story is don’t use him for any building work on your house. 450 years later it will need redoing.
Do you remember years ago when we went to Pompeii and it seemed it was full of bricklayers? They said it was “restoration”… I reckon they were just building new bits.
DOH! that’s bloody annoying.