Hotel Francia e Quirinale
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
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We finally got to sleep in on Tuesday, the wake up call wasn't until 6:30! We took the bus from Milan to Florence, only stopping for lunch at a reststop. It was only about a three hour drive, so we arrived in the city around noon. Our first stop was a leather making demonstration, which kind of fell short of my expectations, but it was still interesting. Leather products are a huge deal in Florence and ...
... streets to the cathedral yelling for their beloved football team & the match hadn't even been played. Their team is sponsored by Chianti so a wagon filled with flasks of chianti & pulled by 2 white ox trailed the procession. People ran up to the wagon as it came by & bought the flasks before it was gone down the street! Set our clock for 7am for a train ride to Lucca but awoke to sounds of thunder & rain on the window. Rolled over & snoozed a little while ...
... Pretty amazing! I also learned that the design for the facade of the duomo was actually a competition. We got to see all of the blue prints for the other contestants, so that was pretty cool. After that some of us girls went to Salvatore Ferrengano's Shoe museum. It was pretty neat seeing some of his original work, and the evolution of high heels throughout the years.
Saturday was one of my favorite days to date because we finally made the trip over to ...
... our train back to Rome but decided to catch an earlier train and then have a late supper back in Rome. We are about half way back from Florence now and enjoying the rest to our feet. We are surprized how tired we get by the end of the day.
ps....this train is great - going about 250 or so kms/hr.
We made it back to Rome, going to rest up for supper, and have a closer look at the itinerary for tomorrow.
... yet. After art class and everything, we had our first cooking class! It's right around the corner from our apartment, and is taught by this adorable American woman. She has several kids older than us, and has been crafting this class for 25 years, so she knows what she's doing. She studied abroad here herself, some years ago. On that trip, she joined the choir and met her future husband. No joke. She's only been back to the states sparingly. I cannot express how jealous I am. ...