Arriving in Florence yesterday afternoon and the weather was a mix of sun, cloud and windy. We did just a little bit of walking (only about 8 km;)) including a walk up a very steep hill that promptly turned and we went down just as slow as going up (thanks to the speeding tiny cars and scooters on the one lane roadway that forced us into the “ditch”. But what an amazing city – Duomo (they weren’t kidding about the workout! 463 steps up a mix of spiralling, straight and very narrow corridors to the Cupola), shops and amazing sunset at the Ponte bridge, hand decorated artisan papers of Il Papiro (Lindsay was in her glory!!), Piaza de Michelangelo overlooking the city, and amazing multiple layer Lasagna, Bruschetta and Risotto for dinner.
Took a day trip to Pisa today to see the slightly leaning Tower and saw many more amazing things there! Lunch on a sidewalk cafe, the best caprese salad EVER, and back to Florence on a slightly slower train (one hour felt like 2 or 3…)
and then Gelato. Just can’t seem to get enough…Today for Bowen was caffe, and Limone for Lindsay (her new favorite).
Bought a few goodies tonight for dinner, minestrone rice soup, eggplant lasagne, artichoke & brocolli salad, tomato, olive and mozzarella salad. with wine of course.
We can’t say enough how lovely Florence is… one of our favorites so far.
stay tuned….. Siena tomorrow….