Travel Blogs from Colle di Val d'Elsa
Spent Sat and Sun exploring Florence again. This week we get the fierenze card to see the museums for three days. Yesterday we meet up with Luca and had a great day walking up to San Miniato al Monte and Piazza Michelangelo, nice day but windy. Took lots of pictures, walked all over town and went for a nice pasta lunch. Today we rest, shop and rest some more. The next 3 days will be hard work waiting in ques and viewing all the galleries. Will talk again soon.
Frank and Lynne
... us of a smaller version of the Versailles Palace). The palace was built in 1457 for Luca Pitti who was a Medici Rival. However, he ran out of cash and ended up selling it to the Medici, and Cosmo and his wife moved into the Palace in 1549. It was extended twice in the 17th and 18th Centuries because it was too small! It now holds the Medici collection of art works, and has a number of ...
... 200-yards in length, belies the extravagant and lavish interiors hidden within its walls.The Pitti family, jealous rivals of the Medici, began building the palace in 1458. When they subsequently ran out of money to finance the project, the building remained unfinished until the Medici bought it and moved in during the mid-1500s, when they decided to retain the name. Today, it houses several museums, among them the Palatine Gallery, which has a collection ...
... 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. ...
... the number one gelato of the trip.
I was really excited for our after-dinner entertainment too. At the Church of Santa Monaca, South of the river, we went to a vocal concert of multiple arias from operas such as La Boheme, The Elixir of Love, Le Nozze di Figaro, Tosca, La Traviata, and many others. The three performers-- two sopranos and a tenor-- were all of high quality, but the tenor definitely blew the two girls out of the water. He was ...
Other places to stay in Colle di Val d'Elsa
Via Oberdam 5/7/9, Colle di Val d'Elsa | 3 star hotelfrom $73
Via Piemonte 10, Colle di Val d'Elsa | 4 star hotelfrom $124
Via Senese, Colle di Val d'Elsa | 2 star hotelfrom $91
Via Della Pieve in Piano 23, Colle di Val d'Elsa | Hotelfrom $67
Gracco del Secco 113, Colle di Val d'Elsa | 4 star hotelfrom $139
Loc. Mensanello, Colle di Val d'Elsa | 4 star hotelfrom $61