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Travel Blogs from Montecatini Terme
... and then a little Prosecco. Christian, Taylor and I then decided to go to the Jackson Pollack exhibit at the Palazzo Vecchio....very strange setting for Pollack works. We thought since we only bought a ticket for Pollack we would be shot directly into a small gallery...oh no...we got to tour the whole..well, almost whole Palazzo. For anyone who's read Dan Brown's book...yep, we saw the Sale de cinquecento ...
Jim reserved a Vespa tour for today. We met right down the street from our hotel. Perfect. The company does bike tours and Vespa tours. There were about 7 on the bikes and just us for the Vespa. We loaded into small vans and drove about 40 minutes outside of Florence. Across the Arno and up a curvy road to a family run winery/olive oil company in a 900 year old castle, Castle Guicciardini. Started with a tour of ...
... by the Florentines. It has two defensive walls, one being Etruscan and the other Medieval. It is also an important centre in Tuscany because of it's 3000 year old history and its production of Alabaster. When you walk into town it's like stepping back in time similar to San Gimignano but without the towers, except for the Town Hall. After spending some time wandering round town visiting churches and taking photos we continue on our merry way. Up ...
... selling scarves, bags, tshirts, belts, and more and more of the same looking goods in different booths, as they are stocking for their new day. There is nothing so beautiful as the duoma minus the tourists in the cool and quiet of the early morning. When I live in Florence starting July 20, I may just make the Duomo an early am ritual. I have yet to go inside and that will likely be best early am as well.
I will write more later but want to post pictures and sign off today!
... is a carousel (which is a great landmark when I get lost).
We then set out agin and eventually came across an old church, Santo Steffano, which was holding a concert. There was a pianist playing the harpsichord and a sporano singing opera arias. It was really good and a nice way to spend the evening. The church was a great setting. Unfortunately the smoke alarm was going off at the end of the concert.
We had had a great day.
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Pets allowed