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Sep 8, 2008 - Venice to Florence

We wind through the Apennine Mountains towards the gorgeous region of Tuscany. We visit Pisa to see the world-famous Leaning Tower and Baptistry. This evening enjoy the chance to stroll through the streets of this most spectacular of Renaissance cities, Florence. (B,D)

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Jul 9, 2008 - Florence

Ciao everyone. well im in sunny florence now, we last night. venice was beautiful, there are no roads in the city, we had to take a boat to one of the islands where all the shopping was. did a lot more sightseeing in venice, went to the glass factory and the lace factory. had lunch at a wee place in a side street, and was the best spagetti ever. got to 31 degrees and had a thunder and lightening strm on the way to tea, but was over quickly. had a group tea that night at this cosy wee place with lots of wine and accordian players - was all...

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Jun 8, 2008 - Florence

We started with a group photo in front of the replica statue of David and then had a leather demonstration and how to tell if it's real or not. There were lots of nice bags and purses but all very expensive. We then headed to the gallery where the original statue of David stands but the queue was massive and they told us it would take over an hour to get in. Instead we opted for shopping, however we couldn't find many shops apart from leather stores. A few more gelatos and the day was done. Home to prepare for Tuscan dinner and Space...

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Mel's Contiki Tour

May 13, 2008 - Florence

on our way here we stopped at pisa. you know you're going to see the leaning tower but you just don't expect it to be on such an angle!! facinating city, amazing how many famous artists all lived here at the same time. would have liked to have gotten in to see the real David but that museum is closed on mondays. the first ever dome in euroupe is here. just a little disappionted i didn't get to see more tuscan countryside, except while on the bus. those pics are not going to turn out the best. o'well, it's a good reason to return.

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Feb 3, 2008 - Florence

there is not a whole lot in florence and at first it was not what i was expecting but i found out what i was expecting was in old florence we took a walk over threre and it was beatiful very nice sights we seen david he is huge and we seen the tomb of micheal angelo and some others we had gelato-ice cream and lots more.... our tuscany dinner was really good lots of italian music.

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I'm in Europe!!!

Sep 27, 2007 - Sienna

We left Venice in the morning for Sienna. We were on our first adventure of going to a city with no room reservation. Everywhere we checked, it was full. When we got to Sienna, we called several places, all full. We headed for the town square and checked around and finally found a room, right in the heart of things. I loved Sienna. It is such a quaint town. We stayed mainly in the center square, can't remember the name right now. We went to Duoma, this cathedral with outrageous interior designs. The pictures on the floors, I think made out...

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Aug 27, 2007 - Siena

Sienna is the location for the crazy horse races that takes place twice a year in Italy. Matt and I saw TV special about the event earlier this year, and decided even though we missed the races (July and early August) that we wanted to see the city. The race takes place in a plaza and has 10 horses & jockies. There are 17 communities in Sienna and there is a draw for the 10 that get to compete. It seems like something St. Francis would be totally serious about! The city was really neat, we both liked it a lot. It was like Assissi. A bit...

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May 21, 2007 - San Gimignano

We spent Sunday wandering locally, exploring the hills and other small towns around Montelupo. We then decided to try the combination washer-dryer that was in the apartment, in the process becoming convinced that we would never want a combination unit ourselves. After figuring out the complexities, we did a couple of loads of laundry, which took all afternoon and into the evening. So much for any additional sightseeing here! Monday we drove to San Gimignano, a well-known and charming medieval walled city, with 14 of the original 50-some...

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May 19, 2007 - Siena

On Saturday we decided to take the train to Siena, about an hour away. It's a medieval walled city, famous for its plaza and the Palio horse race that is held in the plaza every year. We thought we would be able to negotiate the bus from the train station to the old part of the city, but were unable to find the correct bus stop so took a taxi. We had, for a brief moment, thought to walk from the train station, but after seeing the twists and turns and very hilly streets the taxi took us through, we were glad we hadn't opted to walk. The...

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May 17, 2007 - Florence

The next morning we got an early start and caught the train into Florence (we managed pretty well with the process of buying the tickets but neglected to validate them by punching them into a small yellow machine. No one had told us about that part of the process and our confused looks and clearly lacking language skills must have convinced the conductor because he let us stay on the train and didn't charge us a fine. We later figured out that the tickets are good either way, for as long as you want, but expire 6 hours after validation,...

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May 15, 2007 - Phoenix to Florence

We arrived in Florence after a long trip by way of Paris. Things were uneventful and went about as well as one can expect with air travel these days, except for getting out of Paris. Nearly all flights into and out of Paris these days park in a "remote location" and bus passengers into the terminal. It felt like we circled the terminal at least twice but we were finally let out at what looked like the back door. Eventually, however, we found our way to the terminal, found out the gate for our flight to Florence, and then walked at least as...

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May 13, 2006 - Toscana - first impressions

Well, this trip just gets better and better !!!! Train to Florence was fast and very scenic. At Florence airport we pick up the rental car, a little white Fiat Punto. I have concerns because the insurance cover is not clear, and I am not sure exactly how much we are covered for - it seems only E2330 worth of damage. Anyway, am clarifying this with the rental co in Aus. Dianes plane, amazingly, arrives 10 minutes early and she arrives looking glamorous as always. Shortly after many hugs and kisses, we are away onto the autostrada down to...

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