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Drove the mountain road to Callecine and then walked 5km to Fiesole because the roads were closed due to the cycle racing. They were racing from Florence and the mountain section was up to Fiesole through the town centre and down the other side, both steep windy sections. People lined the roadside to get a glimpse of the action, but the competitors were gone in a flash. Saw riders in all the colours ...
Morning in Florence Took a tour of the church, baptism and bell tower and walked through town over the walking bridge and Meddicci buildings. Visited a leather factory and saw how to tell real vs fake leather Had great lunch at vino bar with nice glass of wine. Eggplant, arugula and buffalo mozzarella. Bay had sundries tomatoes, mozzarella sandwich and Noel, Emily and Gabriella joined us. Then off to ...
... grand canal. That night we ate as a group and had pasta and fish and desert and lots of wine. A great time was had by all. The next day a local guide provided a tour of the city explaining the different architecture of Venice, showing us Marco Polo's house, and taking us to the shop of a local mask maker who explained the process of making masks using me as a model so Joanie can now tell people that she is married to an Italian model ...
... images of the people who lived there, such as
the three I have already mentioned, and many more, carved into the stone walls.
At the end of the street we could see the river, and Ponte Vecchio (Old
Bridge). It is the only old bridge left as the rest were destroyed in the war,
but Hitler quite liked it and stopped it from being destroyed. Isn't that nice :p
It is a cobbled street lined with very old shops, mostly very expensive
jewellery shops and until ...
... There are clouds in the skies although the forecast calls for part sun today so we are hopeful.
From the train station Maddie and I walk towards the Duomo. We pass along side a beautiful church that sits near the train station named for it, Basilica di Santa Maria Novella. We are early and the church visiting hours are later but we admire the exterior. We also find a column in the piazza being held up by turtles at each corner. Through the narrow streets and down ...