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Sep 19, 2013 - Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Today we toured the Uffizi Art Gallery in Florence with Sam as our guide. The art was beautiful and my favorite was a depiction of the Annunciation of Mary with the Angel shown in a beautiful pink gown with gold embroidery. The gold in these paintings literally leaps off the canvas. Since there are no pictures allowed, I bought postcards of my favorites and took a few snapshots of the postcards to attach to the trip journal. We also visited the famous carved Baptistry doors here and saw the Duomo (church). Each town has a church in the main...

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Sep 19, 2013 - I Greppi d Selli

I Greppi d Silli was a great place for our group to gather. We had a three bedroom villa with a apartment next door. There was a big table in each unit where we gathered each night for long dinners. (too many bugs to be outside). The pictures show the beautiful views around the property. What they probably don't show is the steepness of the terrain or the hospitality of the hosts. Eavh morning John and I sauntered down the cobblestone/rock road that was lined with olive trees and grape vines. The grapes will be picked this next week so each...

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Sep 18, 2013 - Art, Wine and Opera

It has quickly become apparent that we are touring with a wonderful group of people and our hosts are great. I think we got very lucky to find this tour. Sam keeps us informed about the art we are seeing and leads us through the Bargello Museum this morning where we see various depictions of David, each with a different interpretation of David's personality. Again, no pictures allowed in the museum. The sculptures are amazing though and I have attached some pictures of sculptures on the exterior of the museum viewing rooms. -------- For...

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Sep 17, 2013 - Vatican City and Trains DO run on time in Italy

Today's theme is Popes, Trains and Automobiles -------- We awake well rested and get a good breakfast in the hotel, then cab over to the Central train terminal in Rome to store our luggage for the morning. The Metro subway system is also inside the main terminal and we intend to catch the Metro to the Vatican City. It is Tuesday morning and Romans are trying to make their way to work all over the city at the same time. The pushing and shoving to jam onto the crowded trains is sort of comical. After riders have abandoned the idea of pushing...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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