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Travel Blogs from Florence
Another fine breakfast at Hotel Olimpia, then pack and make our way on foot the 500 or so meters to St Lucia railway station. Hopefully this will be the longest we will have to carry our bags; although we had rollers, there were two bridges to navigate - an effort in the morning sun.
We departed Venice station on time at 10.24 on an ItaliaRail …
Breakfast at 0800 in our room. Ham and cheese toasties, croissants, coffee etc. We headed off to the market, looking for Miriam House of Leather Casa de Pelleas. Susan was thinking of a leather jacket for her birthday. Unfortunately the weather was against us and it was raining so the first thing we did was pick up an umbrella off the street …
... send them off to Venice, then I proceeded to walk through Florence. Amazing beautiful city. SO MANY TOURISTS HERE. Crossed the river and walked around the "locals" neighborhood. Had a wonderful lunch at a little restaurant/deli, iToscini? Then walked to Boboli Gardens, which was quite hilly. It was like climbing Potato Patch, which, as those of you who know me, I hate to do. But this was not at altitude. Got back to hotel (Orto de Medici) at 4 and took a nap for an ...
... and get photos holding up and pushing over the leaning tower. We did not have anyone try and haggle us to buy anything, although there was strips of markets selling souvineers and junk all along the square. As it was free to go and look, there was some interesting characters about but it was well worth the stop. Getting a bit carried away in the moment to get the perfect photo I put my bag down and walked off without it. Thankfully My experience was a positive ...
... only for religious reasons. The outside is decorated with the patron saints of each of the 13 major guilds of the city, who all got their own niche to fill in. The inside is covered with frescoes and I think still serves some religious functions. (I wasn't allowed to take any pictures on this floor, as I have often found to be the case here when there are frescoes involved.) It has a second story where the original statues of the saints are kept (the outsides are ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Pets allowed