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Our main stop today was at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Iris made us close our eyes as we approached so that we all had a 'wow' moment when we walked into the Square of Miracles. The tower is only 1 of 3 buildings here but the others are rarely mentioned. Only 15 people at a time can go up the tower. We had quite a discussion as to why the tower leans and the other two large buildings are fine.
The it was off to Florence, once the capital ...
... behind in a walkway or doorway. We left it and hoped it would still be there at our destination. This was truly a local train stopping every 10 minutes then chugging on to the next city. At 2 PM we pulled into Florence feeling fortunate to find our luggage and avoid the Trentalia ticket validation police.
We grabbed a taxi and 20 minutes later we were dropped at the Hotel Rappalo. This is a really nice little ...
... spent some time in the Salone dell'Ottocento, an exhibit room filled with plaster busts and statues prepared by students for purposes of evaluation, or as models for later execution in marble.
[NOTE: As was the case at the Uffizi gallery yesterday, photography is not allowed in the Accademia, so the photos used today are from other sources.]
The next stop on our itinerary today was the church of Santa ...
... rose garden on the other side of the river again for a picnic lunch and relaxed for a while while taking in the scenery. We wandered around Florence a bit more then had dinner. Right after dinner we came across the most amazing outdoor street food markets, but we had just eaten. We couldn't resist buying arancini balls. Paul and I like them but the girls gagged! The cheese was pretty strong and it was stuffed with pieces of pastrami as well. ...
... We all met at the Academia and even though we had tickets ahead of time, had to wait a bit. However, our wait was nothing compared with people without tickets - they were waiting up to 2 hours, we heard. The big draw of the Academia is the David by Michelangelo. It is impressive. The entire statue is huge with David's hands and feet being even bigger. Part of the story the statue tells. It is beautifully done and easily admired. We were able to take our ...