Hotel La Torre
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... windy rows dodging both oncoming and passing traffic. Not to worry, we are very safe in our motor coach, but I won’t be applying for an Italian driver’s license anytime soon.)
(Frankie and Sam)
I wake up bright and early at 6am with a pep in my step, thrilled for the first full day in Italy. I get myself ready for the day, head downstairs, and eat breakfast that ...
... moving. I tasted some delicious Gelato. We also spotted a lady who drew the portrait of Jack Sparrow using just crayons on the Road. It was unbelievably beautiful and perfect.
It was a beautiful day and after that long walk, we finally approached the Square of Miracles. I finally saw the leaning tower too. We walked around and saw the Cathedral and the Baptistry too. I opted out of climbing the 290+ steps and I have no regrets. We took a couple ...
... course a picture holding up the tower...! The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a free-standing bell tower. Construction began in 1173 and finished almost 200 years later in 1372. Apparently the lean began shortly after construction due to the ground being too soft. The tower has now been stabilised and leans at a 3.99 degree angle. With the top of the tower being 3.9m away from a straight line. It is rather unlike anything else! The surrounding buildings were also ...
... and the Duomo. The leaning tower was built as the bell tower. We decided to do the tower tomorrow, and a tour of the other three today. It's late , about 3:00pm but as bright as morning still and hot.
First was the Baptistry, beautiful, spacious, circular, dome ceiling about two and half stories high. It had a centre alter for Baptisms, pillars reaching to the heavens, sooooo peaceful and calm. The lady that was at the ticket entrance came in and locked the ...
... panoramic view of Florence and of course, a statue of David. Next, we crossed the Arno River where she dropped us off at Signoria Square. We did extensive walking around Florence for most of our four hours stay. We walked to Plazza del Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Flore and Santa Croce Square. I ate a gelato cone there. We saw so many shops: high-end stores, stands where one is encouraged to barter, and peddlers that get in your face. One guy ...