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... courtyard garden with outdoor seating. The garden even came with pets: six tortoises, (Testudo hermanni?) provided entertainment for us. (Michaelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, Beatrice and Dante, of course)
Due to Italian efficiency(?) the couples traveling from Rome arrived after the earlier arrivals had already cracked two bottles of wine. More wine, snacks and eventually dinner finished the first evening. And the room lottery. Tim and I ...
... If it is fake, there will be no grip on the back and the back will be made of fleece, which you never find on the inside of animals. Some of the leather in the shop was gorgeous, but too expensive for our budget. After leaving the leather shop, we went on an hour walking tour of Florence with our guide, William. Florence has a population of 500,000 people. The Renaissance Period was 400-500 A.D. and included people like Michaelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci. During the Middle ...
We left Montecatini with minimal sleep and slight hangovers. Florence (Firenze) was only a 30 minute drive away and we met our guide for the day at about 8am. Titsiana (hehe Tits) was a local guide and Cam explained to us that the Italian authorities take tourism pretty seriously and all guides must be certified and tested annually – so it is illegal for Cam to guide us today. Titsiana was a pocket-sized font of ...
On a side note: we found a few stray cats at the Palace who were SUPER friendly. It turns out Italy loves cats. You can buy postcards with pictures of cats at all the major sites (which of course I did whenever I could). We even found a book about it (which I didn't buy). Italy likes cats, I like Italy! :)
After the gardens we grabbed lunch at a fantastic little bistro off the beaten path. I was ready for pasta again so we were in the ...
... with many pieces of art, so the map, despite not being informative, tells you exactly where all the must-see art are.
The following are pictures taken inside the Basilica:
This is the Gerini Altar (high altar) ...