Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Florence, Toscana, Italy

Sep 15, 2013 - Florence

Florence, arrived Wed around 4 until Sat. It was great meeting up with Gayle, Lari, Steve and Linda.  They arrived at the hotel before us and had a easy welcome. From touchdown to check in, it was just half an hour. It wasting a lot of fun exploring the sights together or in our small groups and then reporting back to each other. I particularly enjoyed how we could easily walk to so many special places and how easily it was to make names come to life.The closest was the leather market, stall after stall of soft leather products. The...

Jump to full entry

Sep 13, 2013 - Cruisin' the Adriatic

We had the easiest trip ever as we over-nighted on the ferry from Split to Ancona, Italy. Checking with the 3 ferry companies that do this route resulted in us finding a ferry that offered a cozy little cabin for the same price as a seat and it was great. Leaving Split at sunset was beautiful and the deck was crowded with people drinking and listening to music pumped out on some big speakers. Tough way to go!! We headed to our little cabin which was dead quiet and we awoke to the sun coming up as we landed in Italy. We were a little unsure...

Jump to full entry

Sep 12, 2013 - Rome to Florence

We experienced our first Italian train trip today. Also another example of true Italian driving skills. Oh yes, I did not yet share about our unexpected taxi ride from the Vatican on Monday. I will go back there for a moment. As mentioned before,the tour of The Vatican was very impressive. The art is truly magnificant. Our guide was exceptional. She was knowledgeable and caring. The latter trait became very evident when our days of travel along with the 30 plus degree heat with the humidity and perhaps with the "intimidating pictures on the...

Jump to full entry

Aug 26, 2013 - Entry No 3

Hello to Family and Friends, It's time to travel on a little. We are both well, have wonderfully strong legs and sleep well at night, what more could you ask for. We have been exploring towns and villages we didn't get to when we were here last, except for Florence. After our trip to Cortona we went in the other direction out of Arezzo to Sansepolcro it is a beautiful town another walled town with many beautiful churches the photo I added was of St Lorenzo church, and even though the village is on a hill there were no steep hills to climb...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


2013 Italian Odyssey

Aug 18, 2013 - The attractions of Florence

We have spent the last three days visiting the best known attractions in Florence. Lots of queuing and we are both museumed and galleried out for a while. On Friday we walked down from Michelangelo Square and across the Ponte Vecchio, the 14th century bridge lined with jewellery shops. We admired the collection of huge sculptures in the Loggia della Signoria and past the Piazza del Duomo on our way to Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s perfect man, David. We queued for 90 minutes rather than pay extra to skip the line. They only...

Jump to full entry

Aug 15, 2013 - Florence

We left before mid-day and drove north to Florence through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Although there has been no rain and the open areas were very dry, we drove through lots of green forests. We are now set up in Camping Michelangelo (N 43° 45' 41.55" E 11° 16' 7.11") which is about 200m along the road from Piazzale Michelangelo (a famous viewpoint overlooking the city). This is an old, large site on a sloping hill planted with olive trees with ample toilet/shower facilities, a restaurant/bar and a “market” but there is no swimming...

Jump to full entry

Jul 23, 2013 - Hot in Florence

Friday, July .19 On Thursday, Our last full day in Borgo di Vagli was rather uneventful. We spent most of the day taking it easy, swimming and relaxing, completing a post for our journal and packing for our next destination, Florence. On Friday, we enjoyed more croissants delivered from the bakery in Mercatale and said our sad farewells to Stefania and Daria after thanking them for a wonderful time at Borgo di Vagli. We even took a few group photos. then it was off to Florence. Since we were starting later than planned, we decided to pass...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Italy Here We Come!

Jul 22, 2013 - Prato/Florence (Gian's family)

After spending a short time in Venice we took a train to Prato which is a town 15 minutes outside of Florence. When we arrived at the train station, Gian's uncle was waiting for us to take us back to his house. When we got there he gave us a tour and immediately offered us something to eat - the Italian way. We had a small thing to eat then had dinner a little while later with his entire family. Afterwards, we went out with Gian's cousin Daniele to have some drinks with his friends and walk around Florence a bit. The next day we went back...

Jump to full entry

Jul 11, 2013 - David and Laura sitting in a tree...

Today I met David. I love him. We lived happily ever after. Seriously, today we ventured onward and upward to Florence via our tour bus. The best part of the bus in addition to AC is the free wifi available on the bus! We all had issues with the wifi at the roman hotel. It was only available to us for 30 minutes and only in the lobby area. Even then it was spotty at best. Our bus has wifi that works great so I was able to post without issue and even sneak a peak at Facebook too! We drove out of Rome and into Tuscany passing field after...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


European Adventure

Jul 3, 2013 - Firenzi: a simple matter of perspective

After years of frustrated searching and months of painstaking digging and in response to Lord Carnarvon asking whether he could see anything as he breached the burial chamber of King Tutankhamun's tomb, Carter said: "yes, wonderful things". In a previous blog, I may have appeared a little dismissive of Italy's artistic heritage, or at best jaded from the intensity of our cultural experience. At least that is the feedback I received from my adoring public, or to be more accurate, the two people who stoop to read this drivel- Deb and Sal....

Jump to full entry

Jul 3, 2013 - Now In Florence

Quick update: We are now back in Florence in Tuscany after finishing our Globus "Mosaic Italy"Tour last Sunday. To recap, after wonderful Assissi in Umbria ( last Tuesday/Wednesday) where we had awesome views ( and drinks and laughs) from the rooftop, a highlight for me, we went to Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast for 2 nights.On Thursday we went by boat to the lovely island of Capri ( sorry we can't upload any photos )- a beautiful spot, then to Positano in the late afternoon.This involved a hair raising bus ride along the cliffs with "...

Jump to full entry

Jul 3, 2013 - Culture Vultures: Opera at Piazza Di San Stefano,Ponte Vecchio,Firenze

Culture Vultures We have just enjoyed a wonderful night of Opera at the old church in our little piazza. It seemed like an opportunity too close to pass up. The church was built in 1111 , then had a "makeover" in the 1500's but was decommissioned ( now called Auditorium S.Stefano ) and is now used for Omega Orchestra Musica European Gruppi Associati for recitals , classic concerts,opera and contemporary music ( I got all this from the brochure). We paid our 15 euros ( very reasonable we thought) and at 9pm it commenced with the singer...

Jump to full entry
Previous -- 0... 3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  ... 60  -- Next


Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com