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May 12, 2013 - Florence: so many naked men!!!

Today, we woke up and walked to the bus stop so we could go to the train station and visit Florence, for a day trip. When we arrived to the bus stop, we learned that everything is closed on Sundays, including, the shops that sell bus tickets. If you did not buy your bus tickets ahead of time, you essentially are, S.O.L.: another lesson learned. We called a taxi and arrived to the train station just in time to catch our train to Florence. Florence is known for its renaissance architecture (AMAZING) and for being the “trend setter” in the...

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May 4, 2013 - Saturday - Florence Markets

Boring for many, walking the markets of Florence can be exciting if you're a bargain hunter or you are looking for something uncommon or personal. The prices can be double at the Duamo end compared to the farthest end, closer to the train station. Goods can also be 'unfinished' at the remote end so 'buyer beware'. Managed to buy a couple of things but I was also conscious of my baggage being too heavy flying home so I kept purchases to a minimum this time round. Caught a few more sites / photo opportunities in my wanderings. Enjoyed...

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May 3, 2013 - San Gimignano

This is a trip I have been looking forward to...San Gimignano. It is a hilltop town dating back to the 14th century, built for fortification purposes. But so picturesque it is worth every upwards step you must take to get there. It still has 14 of the many towers that were built here and they dominate the skyline. They pictures speak for themselves on why we fell in love with this place...let alone the BEST Gelato in the world!! On the way back to Florence we make an unexpected stop at Piazza Michelangelo..what...

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May 2, 2013 - Florence

We are on the road again, southwest thru the Appenines to Florence, the Tuscan capital. This is one of the larger cities I had not visited when I was here 40+ years ago and of course is a "must see" city. Our first stop is Santa Croce Piazza with the Basilica and the many surrounding shops. We did see a gold and a leather demonstration but they were really sales pitches, so we quickly moved back outside to the Piazza. We ate lunch at Kevin's recommended Finisterre. It was quite good and located right on the square. Afterwards we...

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Jan 16, 2013 - Italy - Florence

HI, we spent yesterday travelling from Koper to Florence. Today we had a little walk around Florence. When we visited the Duomo we climbed the 463 steps (more than Notre Dame). I ran up the stairs while Mum,Dad and nick took their time. The pasta is getting better every day. The markets are the best in Florence. Everyone well from Ben. :)

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Dec 11, 2012 - Another day in Florence

Well, another day in Florence. Temperature has dropped down to about 6 degrees. But the sun is shining, and the skies are blue, so an excellent day for exploring. What to see and do? Just walk around, explore, take it all in. Drink some fine coffee, maybe a glass of excellent Chianti, perhaps a bowl of glorious pasta. Enough said.

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Dec 10, 2012 - Florence

So, on to Florence. After our wonderful few days in Rome we are looking forward to spending some time in Florence. We got away from Termoli early as it was a 5 1/2 hour drive ahead of us. First glitch of the day (and the last we hope), we took a wrong turn onto the freeway. The GPS kept taking us around and around in circles. Eventually we gave up and headed back to where we started from to try again. Made the correct turn this time (stop rolling your eyes Julie, told you we'd eventually find the right way), and soon we were flying down the...

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Nov 11, 2012 - Florence

Florence has two churches and lots and lots of statues. Including the famous statue of David. Once again our experience was ruined by the beggars and scarf sellers being in our face. Florence is also famous for their leather products. Beautiful! They walked us down a street that use to be all cobblers or shoe makers. Yes I have a picture of that street name as I can't think of it right now. Tonight we went to another fabulous six course meal on a vineyard. Tonight we had six kinds of wine to try. I only tried three. The pasta was homemade...

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Oct 23, 2012 - Last day in Florence

Hi All Sadly, our last day in Florence! Did the markets - we all found a leather jacket each to buy- we hope they were bargains! Had a lovely lunch in a nice little restaurant and after some last minute shopping decided to head up to Michaelangelo lookout! We took the long way round - not surprisingly- a bit of a long hard walk uphill- and met Nathan and Nathaniel there! Wow! What a spectacular view of all of Florence below us!! So many people up there doing the same thing! Popular lookout! So worth the walk to see it! We all then went for...

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Oct 19, 2012 - A 'take it easy' day...

Friday October 19 We began the day by finding a local discount leather store, about 10 kilometres from the villa. We had seen the outlet advertised many times when driving to Florence. It was a very large warehouse building that was up a narrow and not too good a road. However, inside was a remarkable showroom primarily women’s purses and luggage arranged in aisles of different colours. There were also shoes, leather clothing and other leather accessories, but the dominant sales were certainly purses. We both bought a belt and a small...

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Oct 18, 2012 - Florence and the Uffizi

Thursday October 18 We woke to a very foggy day; a low mist covered everything. We could hardly see to the end of the swimming pool, so it was not worth heading out too early. We both read for a while. Later in the morning the sun burned off the fog and the day developed into a very pleasant day. We had a late breakfast/early lunch at the villa and decided to drive into Florence using the route that was now very familiar to us. We walked straight to the Uffizi museum hoping to buy tickets for the afternoon or to book tickets for Friday...

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Oct 16, 2012 - Firenza, (Florence)

Today we are off by train to the city of Florence a trip that takes about a 1 1/2 hours a short orientation walk from our tour leader, then time to explore the city on my own. Florence was the home of some of the most important people of early Italy like Leonardo da Vince, and many other famous artists. Went to the II Duomo (the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) wow what a grand building on the outside, the inside in comparison is very plain, very different from some of the other Church's, plain on the outside and very grand on the...

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