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... the Dominican Quarter, just outside the city walls, while the Franciscans flanked the city on the opposite side of town in our old Santa Croce neighborhood. The monks here built a hospice, ran a pharmacy and provided a neighborhood clinic which still functions as an emergency room. The church itself (1456-1470), like so many other churches in the area, combines Romanesque, ...
... think. And enormous. Inside. It is beautiful but in a more austere way. Spent ages in there. Then to Piazza Della Signoria. A bit of history .... The piazza was already a central square in the original Roman town Florentia, surrounded by a theatre, Roman baths and a workshop for dyeing textiles. Later there was a church San Romolo, a loggia and an enormous 5th-century basilica. This was shown by the archaeological treasures found beneath the square when it was repaved in ...
... around here?!) followed by being greeted by a lovely (but weird) lady and man behind a reception desk.
After checking in, I was kindly escorted to my room by both of them (?!) to which they explained how to open the balcony door, to ensure the air conditioner was turned off when I left the hotel room, and then followed by being asked “Why did you book a room with a queen sized bed?”
Umm… have you seen the size of me weirdo’s? ...
... that in 1593 they were banned and jewellers moved in.
The Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge the fleeing Germans did not destroy.
Originally built in Roman Times (800BC to 400AD) it is first mentioned in documents dated 996.
The Ponte Vecchio that exists today was built in 1345AD
Be grateful for The Luminata. This week we've been to a place called Montecatini Terme, and were considering something along the lines of 'Teeny Weeny, Montecatini, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini', which we thought was rather good. No? Oh well, please yourselves.
For those of you who skim over the history and culture in these blogs, and look for the funny or embarrassing bits, you won't be disappointed this time. And that's without recalling how ...