By: Dr. Bruce Helming<"/> 20070524 Arizona Women&#39;s Basketball Tour of Italy: Day 9 - Florence Part II(1) - The University of Arizona Official Athletic Site
 
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20070524 Arizona Women&#39;s Basketball Tour of Italy: Day 9 - Florence Part II(1)
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Release: 05/24/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">By: Dr. Bruce Helming<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Our last day outside <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on">Florence</st1:City> was intended as a rest prior to back-to-back games and a very busy three days in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Rome</st1:place></st1:City>. A small group of us took the morning to return to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Florence</st1:place></st1:City> and do some more sight-seeing and shopping. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I took the opportunity to go to the top of the Duomo. While waiting in line I chatted with a very nice family from <st1:State w:st="on">Tennessee</st1:State>, and we swapped travel hints since they were going to <st1:City w:st="on">Venice</st1:City> and had just come from <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Rome</st1:place></st1:City>. The climb up is impressive, over 400 steps, in twisting spirals and staircases. The design of the dome in the cathedral was revolutionary at the time, with a dome inside a dome that is largely self-supporting and completed in 1465 by Brunelleschi. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The interior is covered by Vasari&rsquo;s vast fresco, and as you walk across a walkway inside the dome you find yourself just a few feet below the beautiful images and hundreds of feet above the floor. Another climb up narrow passages and stairwells leads to the incredible Florentine panorama of hills, churches and rooftops. The time and effort of the climb are powerful reminders of the amount of work and engineering that went into the construction of these incredible churches.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Lunch in Montecatini was another fine Italian four-course meal, and we even had a brief thunderstorm to remind us of <st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City>&rsquo;s summer storms before heading off to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Rome</st1:place></st1:City> and our evening game. The game itself was in a hillside gymnasium near the scenic cathedral of Orvieto, and we had a few exciting moments getting our tour bus up the switchbacks and through the small town on single lane roads. On our drive we found out that coach June Daugherty from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> had been hospitalized, and our thoughts are with her. We arrived in <st1:City w:st="on">Rome</st1:City> late at night, ready for a rest and more of beautiful <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Italy</st1:place></st1:country-region>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
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