Hotel Villa Betania
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... reservations to enter the Accademia around 4:15. Lunch was in a little local joint that served up a mean minestrone and hot sandwich. Mae Mae found a great deal on a cool red leather jacket and a killer set of boots (they threw in a scarf and a bottle of water for free!) We got in the line early around 3:30 and waited only for a few minutes before getting into the Gallery, we admired a few pieces in the entry hall, considered ...
... the 18th and 19th century filled with splendor. One room was once Napoleon’s bathroom. It was amazing to see how these rulers lived in this splendid palace.
Walking out the back, we discovered a huge garden which offered great views of the city below. We then exited and headed for one of several street cafes in the palace neighborhood. Although Rick Steves describes most of the Palazzo as “skippable”, we quite enjoyed ...
... building were vast, built up from the original owners, and subsequent occupiers like, Napoleon, royal Kings, etc.
The palace also held modern collections including a fashion costume collection.
By far the freaky bit was vast collection of relics which has many bones, including skulls!
It was then a walk back to apartment for pizza on the ...
... we know. it was really funny that we were both there at the same time because we were on our phones and talking about that they were in Florence and then Sam came back from the bathroom and saw them in their room. It was just too funny. We also saw the same girl that we know over and over again walking around in Florence while we were there. We went to see the sunset and it was stunning, such a good view at the perfect time. So happy we were able to see it. We then got dinner, this ...
... no idea what it was or why it was randomly in the middle set just on the other side of the river from the main town. We later found out in the Museum that it was a tower gate for a massive wall that was once around Florence.
Next we went to the Ponte Vechhio, a bridge over the river. The night before everything on it had been closed up so it was not really that impressive other than it was lined on either side with shops. But these were not ...