Hotel La Vecchia Cartiera
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... more generous than our wineries! Bought some pasta and wine for when we finally have a kitchen to cook in, then headed off for San Gimignano. More great scenery on the way then arrived in a purely medieval village that hasn't been modernised at all. Gorgeous again! Walked up past lots of tourist shops, but also found shops full of wild boar meat, smelly cheeses that would probably taste great, wine shops selling all the chianti's for the region ...
... the next I was struggling to get past the masses. It must have been what the old pilgrims would have felt entering a city. Everything was loud and busy, folk wore fancy (well, cleaner anyway) clothes, talked in different languages and looked at me as if I was a complete down and out. There were shops galore, restaurants, cafes, takeaways, bars and very posh (but expensive) toilets. It was difficult to tell what else the tourists ...
... s amazing dome! Two laps of the Duomo looking for the ticket office and I eventually had to ask the guide...muttering about the Italians disdain for signage and their "do it yourself" attitude to catering to tourists, I eventually found the "office" - three ticketing machines in a small internal courtyard!
Four hundred and sixty three steps to the top of the dome and a stunning view presented itself. These people know solid when it comes ...
As we executed this plan, we had this brilliant idea to walk up to the piazza and have a picnic while watching the sun set. It sounds better then it actually was. For starters, we stopped off to get a panini and a coke. Afterwards we started the journey to Piazzale Michelangelo. It doesn't seem like a long hike on the map, but the map was deceiving! You have to walk up these steep ...
... fast asleep so we kept running around and found some people still awake so joined in their cabin. As the sun rose my room mates woke up and I went in (still dressed in my party clothes) and we were all still drunk. We went out for breakfast and I started to sober up we then packed our bags and got back on the bus to go to Switzerland.
Florence was easily my favourite part of Italy and I will definitely be going back there on future trips :)