Our first stop was Verona.....home to Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet and although it is just a story we did visit Juliet's 'actual' house and famous balcony. We gapped it after passing on a quick grope (a bronze statue of Juliet stands in the courtyard with a shiny right breast, rub it and you she will help you find love....apparently). The rest of the city is quite nifty with the centre being a 20,000 seat colosseum-esque arena!
After a feed we saddled up for the long drive towards Florence. The drive didn't seem that long as we drove through some pretty awesome countryside laced with vineyards and villas!
In Florence we were woken early the next day by the searing early morning sun (poor tent orientation)
. At the risk of melting we got up and went for a stroll around the city. The campsite sits nextdoor to Piazza Michelango on top of a hill overlooking the city. The view from the Piazza is impressive but whilst your up there you can have a squiz at Michelangelo's statue of David....starkers.....as per the original! Heading down the hill we crossed the river via Ponte Vecchio an old bridge lined with jewellery shops. Dragging Kirst away from the shop we rolled into the nearby Palazzo Vecchio with its open air statue collection. From there we followed the skyline to the Cathedral.....It's not hard to miss as it is the 4th biggest in the world and clad entirely in white, pink and green marble....pimping! Queues to get in pretty much circled the Cathedral so we carried on forging a trail through the leather markets nearby. We stumbled upon a food market and locked in lunch and some dinner (fresh ravioli, sun dried tomatoes and pesto...boom!!). On the stroll home we came across a few quality little finds. The first was a statue carving school (at least we think it was as we wandered through their courtyards...not sure if we were meant to be in there). Second and possibly the find of the day.....a football museum....nice!!
After a slow start on account of the vino we packed up and again hit the tarmac......for what turned out to be a solid days travel.