Viva Firenze.

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Saturday, August 28, 2010

We woke up to a beautiful sunny day in Florence. The temperature was comfortable as we headed out to explore the city. We walked along the river side towards the Uffizi museum. According to the various sites on the internet it is better to reserve tickets online as the wait for the ticket office could be long. But when we tried to book online there was no availability. So we decided to go to the museum and see how busy it really was.

On the way over there we stopped by the garage of the Fiat 500 club. They are ranked as the best thing to do in Florence, so we wanted to book a tour with them. There was no one at the garage so we decided to try a bit later.

At the museum there was indeed a long queue for the tickets, but the advanced ticket desk was not busy at all. So we got ourselves some tickets for tomorrow around noon. It costs 4 Euro more, but you don't have to wait, so that's worth the money I would think.

A bit tired from all the walking and hungry, we stranded in a little Michelin recommended restaurant. The place was located in a building with beautiful fresco ceilings which were hidden behind semi modern decorative fabric.

After lunch we headed out towards the Galleria dell Accademia. This is one of the other signature museums in Florence. When we reached the Galleria we almost walked past it as we did not recognize the building as being one of the world most recognized museums. It is here where the original David statue from Michelangelo is displayed, along with tons of renaissance art works. We got ourselves an audio tour and walked through the rooms to see this impressive collection. I must admit, renaissance art, especially religious works from the 13th century are not our thing at all. But the sculptures were quite interesting, and the David was really impressive. Especially when you note that Michelangelo made this sculpture out of a piece of marble that was rejected by two other artists as they found it too difficult to handle. You are not allowed to take photos of the statue. This is most likely because they want to sell postcards. But Linda, law obeying citizen as she is, snapped one anyways, naughty girl!

After an overdose of renaissance art we left the museum and headed towards the market place. Our plan was to buy some snacks there. The guide book told us that it was open till 17:00, but this book is not very correct in most things, and so it was wrong about the market as well. Kind of unexpected from a Lonely Planet book. The market building was closed, but there was a tourist market outside where Linda found herself a nice handbag.

We walked the market a bit and decided to go back to the fiat 500 club to see if they were open now. There was still no one in the garage, so we will try to get in touch with them when we get back to the hotel. On our way back we stopped at the Plaza Republica for an authentic cup of espresso coffee, which we enjoyed according to Italian best practice, at the bar. After our shot of caffeine we indulged in a gelato before heading back to the Hotel.

On our way back, we stopped at the supermarket to find ourselves some snacks and a bottle of wine. The first supermarket we found, a Spar, was a complete tourist rip off. The wines were all around 20 Euros. So we quickly left this place and headed out a few blocks down to another place we saw earlier today. Here the wines were reasonably priced, and we got ourselves a nice bottle and some snacks.

We headed back to the hotel where we enjoyed the sunset from our balcony with a nice beer and some little snacks. We send an email to the fiat club as they did not answer the phone, to ask if they have availability on Monday. For tomorrow we have tickets for Ufizzi, and after that we will see what the day brings.
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