Florence, Italy

Trip Start Sep 09, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

After the amazing confusion that is the Roman transportation system, with all the cramped metros and the nonsensical bus routes, Jon and I went to Florence.
The train ride there was amazing, going through tons of little towns that looked like every Italian movie you've ever seen, and Florence isn't half bad itself. But once we got here, we realized that this isn't the poor man's tourist destination.
After wandering from hotel to hotel, we found a hostel run by two men named Mario and Julio. Mario, the manager, wasn't there, and Julio, an Italian who had lived in the US, really wanted Jon and I to stay and talk with him. He said that Mario was the only person who could check us in, and Mario wasn't there. "But he will be back shortly," he assured us.
Two hours later, Mario called and said he would not be showing up. Julio, suffiently bored by our sullen silence, showed us to our rooms. Jon and I were elated and went out for a night on the town.
The next day was all Florence, and we went to the Degliuffizi museum which houses many famous works of art about which I know next to nothing. After a two hour wait in line I saw the Birth of Venus by Boticelli, the work which Jon assures me ussured in the Renaissance. I'll take his word for it. I also viewed da Vinci's Annunciation, which was breathtaking, although I still know nothing about it.
But the two hour wait was not wasted! Jon and I took turns running off to see neat things around the museum building, which was at the center of all sorts of neat piazzas (Italian for "square"), and after lunch we went and saw the house that Dante Alghieri, the man who wrote the Divine Comedy, grew up in. It was unimpressive, but I still love the guy.
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