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... br> We wandered outside for a while, taking a picture of the Fountain of Neptune, commissioned in 1565 for a noble wedding.
We walked back to the main transport terminal to catch the number 12 bus which takes you up to a lovely and popular viewing area where you can see awesome views of Florence. We waited for ages and got chatting to a lovely couple of ladies who quickly told us they were from the Phillipines but have been living ...
... steak? We are seated outside where there are small jets of water spraying over us to keep us cool. The waitress explains that the Florentine steak is 1.3 kg and 1 inch thick and is served for 2 people. We all look at each other and realise we aren't able to eat that much meat so we settle for 200 gram pieces of steak. In hindsight we prob should have shared it between all of us! Tummy so full we still go in search of gelato to complete as first night in Florence.
Wednesday 15th April
This morning we again awakened to a beautiful sunny day and blue skies.
After our long day yesterday at Cinque Terre we sleep in until mid morning.
Our accommodation is located within walking distance of all the main Museums, Galleries,
and places of historical significance. This morning we visited the Piazza Delia Signoria which
is the main Square in the heart of the city. The Palazzo Vecchio (old palace) is the town hall ...
... was a fair amount cheaper from there, and left a little later, so we’d have more time in Italy. And as a bonus, we’d get to swing in to see the Leaning Tower! Italy’s roadsigns took one last opportunity to allow us to curse them, but we eventually found the tower, and were able to park nearby since most people had left by that point. The evening light would have made for beautiful photographic conditions, if it weren’t ...
... and our time slot is at 2:30 PM), we decided to finish up the other places near the Duomo. We went to the Duomo Museum to see the real Michelangelo's "Doors of Paradise" and the Baptistry for everything gold and following Robert Langdon's footsteps haha. We then went to Santa Croce for the burial grounds of famous legends such as Galieo, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli.
By 1pm-ish it was time for lunch. We ...