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Oct 8, 2015 - Florence Panorama,

Another early start had us walking to a bus terminal to catch our transport for today's walk. One of the many nice features of this trip is the variety of transports we have used. There is no bus at our beck and call, instead we have used private taxis, trains and local buses as well as walking of course. It all helps us to appreciate the country, its people and its institutions so much better than from a seat in an air conditioned bus. After a thirty minute ride we arrived at a hilltop village of Fiesole which is now an outer suburb of...

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Oct 7, 2015 - Lucca to Firenze

After an early breakfast we walked to the Lucca railway station and boarded an intercity train bound for Florence (Firenze). Since we were near the beginning of this line we had no trouble getting seats but needed to use others for our luggage. This later proved to be a pain for other passengers because by the time we reached Florence there was standing room only. Maree and I are amazed at the amount of stuff our Canadian travellers are carrying. Two big and two small bags each as well as backpacks. I suspect that they want to have...

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Oct 5, 2014 - Lucca visit colleague KPMG and Florence soccer match

We had organised to meet a former work colleague of Frank from KPMG Breda, Raymon Keijzers and his family. When we had the reunion a few weeks ago in Breda, it came up during conversation that he would be in Tuscany at the same time as us and if possible, we would try and catch up. Frank texted him and he was delighted to show us Lucca. The only 'condition' was that Tom and Luke could watch the Rugby League grand final at a pub or somewhere where there was wifi. We found his place in Lucca OK with the car and had a drink before heading off...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Italy – Firenze

We awoke refreshed and went down one floor to the breakfast room. And what a room – absolutely stunning. The ladies went their separate ways in groups of interest and eventually around 11am I wandered over to the Ponte Vecchio taking photos and taking in the sights. I was amazed at the number of people, and group tours everywhere! I made my way to the Duomo and Tower and the stopped by at the Cafe 900 for Mushroom & Gorgonzola Risotto and a glass of Pinot Grigio – ahhhh this is heaven. On my way back to he hotel I bumped into Doris and...

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Sep 21, 2014 - Italy – Bonassola to Firenze

It was very sad to leave Bonassola and the Hotel Delle Rose but we must This time the bus company sent a shuttle to pick us up rather than wind the huge bus around the hairpin curves. Shortly after 9:00am we are on our way to the Pisa Airport. Nancy, Ellen, Caroline and Judy are off to Vancouver and we will miss them – Arrivederci ladies, and safe flight! Once the gals are through security, the 7 of us catch a bus to Florence and arrive a short hour later. From the Stazione we walked for approximately 15 minutes and arrived at the...

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Sep 14, 2013 - Italy, how could anybody not enjoy the ambience of Italy?

Who doesn't just love Italy? The people, their sense of humour, the history, the ambience, the food, the whole experience, just love it to bits. We've had a great time in Florence, a beautiful city, easy to get around and easily enjoyed. We joined an entertaining free walking tour of this handsome city and then climbed the famous 414 stair Duomo dome for wonderful views over the city, immediately followed by a climb up the bell tower, just because it was there. I reckon I am now definitely able to kick start 2 boeings at once, one with each...

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Aug 13, 2011 - Under the Tuscan Sun!

Hey Folks! Sorry I didn't post yesterday we were insanely busy and I lost track of time... As for yesterday we got to see the David made by Michelangelo and the Duomo which is a HUGE church in Florence. Afterwords we had an amazing dinner on the other side of the river and finished off the evening with some amazing gelato. Today, we got up really early and went on a Tuscan hike. We were able to see all of Florence. Along with the hike, we got free lunch, wine, and a tour of this huge villa dating back to the 1400's. Also at the villa...

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Aug 11, 2011 - Firenze forever, hello Florence

Today, we left our hotel in Rome early and trekked to the train station. We had our first train experience and boy was it confusing... We only made our train by two minutes. Luckily some nice Asian woman helped us. If she hadn't helped we would've missed one of the only trains running to Florence (usually they leave every half hour but a bunch of the regular trains were broken). Luckily, we left so early that we were able to get in a super long line and make reservations for one of the high speed trains. When we got to Florence we went on...

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Jun 6, 2011 - 14. Castel del Piano to Firenze

Day 23 Castel del Piano to Siena After a dampish night we wake to a sunny morning. We descend from our mountain top camp-site and then start a series of ups and downs which go on all day. Many of the ups have gradients between 12% and 14% but these are fairly short however it does become wearying after a while. We stop at another delightful hilltop village called Montalcino for a coffee and then decide to explore the town. There is an old 12 century fortress right at the top. We wind our way through the village past people setting up for a...

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Mar 7, 2011 - Florence

Had a pretty rough day today!!! Started off great. Woke up in Bologna at the Sheraton. I hit the road around 7am because my cooking class in florence started at 10. Google said it would take less than 2hrs so my plan was to drive to the hotel, park and walk 2km to meet the group by the city center. I stopped along the way at a rest stop for cappuccino. That has become one of my favorite parts of the day. The drive was absolutely amazing. One of the prettiest places I've ever been. One minute there were mountains in front of me with snow...

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Oct 5, 2010 - Oct 5 Firenze aka Florence

Walking the city of Florence... Now we re getting a feel of old architecture! We walked around aimlessly, running into plaza fate plaza.. I took a video of one of the plaza s, background of some italian belting out Italian songs..and tastefully done, facing the basilica di Santa Croce... Pigeons flying around everywhere..The churches are incredible, massive 12 th century architecture, it truly is mind blowing, to think in the year 1100 and something they started building this church...can t imagine the labour involved.. Kinda doubt the...

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Oct 4, 2010 - Oct 4 off to Firenze/Florence Travel day...

off to Florence! Trains trains trains... We re loving the train system here. Easy to use and really not all that expensive.. Upon our arrival to Florence, went right to the travel agency at the train station...that's right, we decided ... Greece it is! Looking for a place to put the backpacks down ( well backapack off my back, and well terri was getting tired of rolling her luggage around..lol) Fate always plays such a huge role when you re traveling, if we would have taken a later train or earlier train, our plans would surely have...

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