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... of the cathedral dome).
The gigantic hexagonal dome is over the altar within the cathedral. It is the largest masonary dome in the world, and built without temporary wooden supporting frames. No mean feat.
It is 463 steps to the top.
Yes. We did.
The view over Florence was impressive, and it was fun locating the various piazzas, museums and churches, including Chisea di San Miniato al Monte, we had previously been ...
... about our different experiences abroad in Italy.
Saturday, we worked our glutes some more and climbed to the top of the bell tower. The views were just as beautiful from this structure, but it was nice to get a little different perspective of the city, and look over Florence on a new day.
We went to the Boboli Gardens afterwards, and wow that place is huge! You would assume that the land behind Pitti palace is large, but ...
The hotel room was terrible, so we asked to change. We got another room opposite the room we had but across the hall. It was smaller and looked out onto a courtyard. The breakfast was white bread rolls butter and jam, the capaccino was excellent, the bread and jam very average. We walked over to the train station and organised our train to Vernazza. The day is ...
... the Ponte Vecchio (lots of jewellery) to Piazzle Michelangelo and up 163 steps (yes I counted them on the way back down) - had a wonderful view of Florence and a copy of David. Not DCD - the statue. Walked further up to San Miniato Church.
Walked back down and via Saint Croce Church
Went for a tour of the Uffizi Gallery and through the Piazza del Signora (seeing another copy of David and Neptune).
... back to our accommodation.
As that was our last night, we packed our bags the following day and walked to the station. Next stop, Sorrento. We board our high speed train which bulleted it's way through the Tuscan countryside, teasing us with glimpses of the magnificent rolling green hills, wheat fields and miles upon miles of endless sunflowers that we were so upset not to have seen. We changed train in Naples and board a rickety old regional train which took us south to ...