Borgo Scopeto Relais
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
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This week we enjoyed unseasonably pleasant weather to tour some sites in Florence; the Palazzo Pitti and the Palazzo Vecchio. The Pitti family began construction of the Pitti Palace in 1458 but, when they ran out of money, the rival Medici's bought and expanded it. It is massive and stark on the exterior but warm and opulent on the interior. It's Palantine Gallery houses an extensive collection of High Renaissance paintings in palatial rooms ...
... no one could hack them down. The house is perfectly preserved and well worth a visit. We then caught a bus to Castello to visit one of the Medici Villas, Villa Della Petraea. There are dozens of these Medici Villas and apparently they are all huge with great gardens. This one has fabulous views of Florence, dozens of rooms, great furniture.... The best part is a covered courtyard in the centre of the Villa with a ...
... in the park. We found that we had to pay to get in so head up the hill to the towards the Forte di Belvedere looking for somehwere shady to sit. We found ourselves at the old Roman city walls that we have seen from Piazzale Michelangelo and sat in the grass under the mulberry trees to have lunch. We then followed the wall down the hillside towards the banks fo the Arno, ...
During the night I was awoken by thunder and lighting which went on for much of the night. In the morning I could hear gunshots, which would have been hunters going after wild boar. It rained heavily and was still raining when we got up in the morning. We had planned to go to Florence today, but now were not sure. I checked the forecast and it was 100% chance of rain until 3:00 and then 90%. The days ahead did not look good either. Anyway, the rain had let up a bit, so ...
... but I'm not into partying these days and simply don't want to go out with them. I prefer enjoying good food or an evening cocktail at sunset at a bar and having a good long discussion. But then again, if my 'ideal' man approached me, now that would be a different story...but if he really is my ideal man, I doubt he'll find me on his way to a party!!! But anyway on that topic only time will tell....for now I'm going to say a few prayers in the Monastery!!!