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Sep 27, 2014 - Florence

We came from the Cinque Terra to Florence today. The Cinque Terra is unbelievably gorgeous. Tim and I explored all five towns yesterday ... Okay - we explored four and sat and had a spritz and relaxed at the last one! These are hilly fishing and farming communities and getting on and off the ferry was a process, let alone making it into the towns. All were unique but small ... quaint little places with rich histories. I am not liking Florence. I find it very noisy and dirty and chaotic. We will see how I feel tomorrow after we have visited...

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Down the Road

Aug 1, 2014 - Florence

Today, we made a 45 minute drive to the city of Florence. The primary attraction is the statue of David. I don't think any of us were particularly impressed. There are reproductions all over town and you see it on every souvenir. You sort of get tired of looking at it. More interesting was a tour of the Palazzo Vecchio. True to my new expectations, Florence residents proved they could pronounce 'Casciani' without prompting. And they don't say it as if they're questioning if they said it right. Anyway, I asked the Palazzo tour guide about a...

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Cascianis Go Home

Jul 31, 2014 - Fattoria Poggio Alloro

The literal translation of the tittle of today's post is "Farm, Little Hill, Basil Tree". This was our first trip in Tuscany today. A nice family run farm for four generations, Fattoria Poggio Alloro was a modest 300 acre farm with olive trees, vineyards, moo cows, and a few odds and ends crops. Known for their wines and olive oils, we were shown how they produce them. However, to start our tour we first "learned" how to make pasta! Wouldn't you know it, grandpa wasn't pulling out leg all these years. Make a bowl out of flour, crack eggs,...

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Cascianis Go Home

Jul 25, 2014 - Italy & Spain

Ciao from Italy!! It's been hard to update because of the wifi connections out here, but tony, Justin, and I are sitting at the airport in Florence waiting to fly to Spain and we finally have some free time and decent wifi connections to give you all an update. After athens, we split up from mat and Mary who flew to Granada to see Jackie (Mary's friend from home). Justin, tony, and I flew to Italy and spent the last week in Rome and Florence. Italy is beautiful and florence is one of our most favorite cities! We have been in contact with...

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Jul 17, 2014 - Florence

Before getting to Florence we drove to Pisa to see the leaning tower! I thought it was so cool! It is just so amazing to see the real thing when we have seen so many pictures all out lives. It was raining a bit and all the gypsies were out. Not very often they can sell umbrellas in Pisa.  We had to back track a bit to go to our campsite outside of Florence. Another "upgrade". It kind of sucked being so far from Florence because we could not go to the space disco like we were supposed to. We have to work on bus driver hours so had to leave...

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Taking Back My Brave

Jul 11, 2014 - Cinque Terre & Verona.

Ah, the beauty of the mediterranean. Skies are blue, water is came and the food is awesome. We are renting a psychedelic apartment. But the views are divine. We are currently in Verona, and going to see Aida at the Arena (the 2nd largest Colosseum in Italy). Verona is such a beautiful town. I love it hear, but can't wait to get to Venice.

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Jul 9, 2014 - Amalfi Coast & Firenze

Ok, I am so sorry that I haven’t written, but it’s not all my fault. I spent 45 min writing in my journal 2 days ago, and when I went to save, it all disappeared. Bummer. So I have decided to write from now on, in a word document, so if it doesn’t save again, I will always have a copy. I am soooo clever. So when I last left off, we were waiting to go on a wine tour. And yes, it was fantastic.. We stopped at Pienza, an old town, and just beautiful. From there we went to Montepulciano. Another old town, fall of shops, of cheese, wines,...

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Jun 27, 2014 - Wednesday June 25th Roma to Florence!

We left Rome on Wednesday to travel to Florence. We loved Rome but were excited to see Florence and the Tuscan Region. We arrived in Florence around 11:30am and took a taxi to the hotel Degli Orafi. Highly rated boutique hotel right across from the Arno river and within walking distance of most of the sites. The hotel is a typical older style hotel that is charming with antiques and big windows that open out, but the rooms are small and the Wifi is not very good. For over 300Euro a night I expected more (Jami is not a fan of this hotel...

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Jun 7, 2014 - Civitavecchia 6 June, Florence 7 June

6 June, 2014 Civitavecchia, The Port Of Rome We did not do any tours when we reached the Port of Rome, as we had already spent some time in Rome and though I wouldn't have minded see St. Peter's Basilica which was closed when we were staying in Rome, we decided to save some money to visit places we haven't been to so far. As it turned out the Basilica was closed today also, so I would have been very disappointed had we gone. Instead we just opted to visit the local town to the port and were able to access Wifi so that I could download my...

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May 31, 2014 - Wine tasting in Chianti

The lovely Hotel Burchianti was booked out for Saturday 31st May, so I had booked a private room at the hostel where the Busabout bus dropped us off and was due to pick us up again on the Sunday. I had a light breakfast, checked-out and walked the 10 minutes to the hostel. I was too early to check-in, but was able to store my luggage for the day. Keen to do some wine tasting in Tuscany, I had booked a half-day tour for the afternoon and went to make sure I could find the meeting point. I was chatting with Mum, walking down the street and by...

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May 30, 2014 - A spot of shopping, Pizzale Michelangelo & Ponte Vecchio

A good sleep in, a lovely long shower and I was ready to see what Florence was all about. The lovely hotel manager saw me leave my room and told me that I'd missed breakfast (finished at 10am), but he could make me a cappuccino. I thanked him, but said I was fine and was going to explore the city. Out of the building, around the corner and I was already in the thick of it. Restaurants, cafes, and shops galore! Leather, sweets, jewellery, you name it. I didn't really have a plan, but I had a map from the hotel manager and just started...

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May 29, 2014 - Florence via sweet Orvieto

On the move again, this time from Rome to Florence. Dee, a lovely young Polish girl, was the guide for this leg of the tour. Only six days into the job, she was a little nervous and counted us 3 times every time we stopped, just to be on the safe side. There are no toilets onboard the Busabout buses, but they stop regularly to give everyone a loo break, as well as a chance to grab some food. Our first stop of the day was in Orvieto, an ancient city about 1.5 hours from Rome, right on top of a hill (on the flat summit of the butte of...

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