Canto Alla Porta Vecchia
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August 19th – back at Uliveto
The rest of the day we hang around home. Had yummy lasagna and salad for dinner. Went for a walk up the road which was lovely except for the flies that attacked us – yes Phil & Di & Josy they are still around. But only if we stir them up. We tried the tactic of walking quietly by the area we think they hang around in and they left us alone – weird!
After the cancelled flight debacle in Frankfurt, I have finally touched down in Florence!
There was a rather large pack of Lorenzo d' Medici students waiting at baggage claim at the Florence airport so all of us split cabs to the city center and our meeting point to sign in and pick up our apartment keys before we all headed off to our respective apartments to unpack and get some much needed rest ...
... the best view in town- The Piazzale Michelangelo. We strolled into town to see the sights. The centre piece of town is the Duamo (cattedrale di santa Maria del Fiore) which is one of the largest cathedrals in the world. We saw the replica of the statue of David, which is a copy of Michelangelo's original artwork. We didn't see the need to go to the gallery to see the original, however we did appreciate that it was carved from a single piece of marble. There ...
Today was a long day, but so worth it as we visited 2 of the Tuscany hill Towns, Volterra and San Gimignano.
Volterra was 1 hour and 40 minutes away but it took us 2-1/2 to get there. We had it all mapped out before we left, but we didn't realize that the smaller roads were not labeled with the corresponding highway #s that are shown on the map. Ethan rode with the Meyers where he was pleasantly entertained by "the throw up competition between Max and ...
... I did hear one of the recorded announcements as Santa Maria Novella. So when I got near the Duomo I got off. Fortunately there is a tourist info office right there on Via Cavour and they provided me with a map and more important a schedule of hours for most of the attractions.
To be transported into the quiet of the courtyard of the cloister of San Marco after the noise and bustle of the city is absolutely amazing. I managed to ...