Villa San Simone
Travel Blogs from Pistoia
... tonight. We were all packed up and eating breakfast at our apartment when I suddenly realized that I had forgotten to pack the clothes in the washing machine! Good thing I remembered them! We trekked to Pizzale Roma (a good 30 minute walk with our luggage up and down numerous bridges). It was already pretty hot (85 degrees or so) and humid by then, and we met up with the Meyers at the Hertz office to pick up our rental cars. Oscar got a spanking new ...
we were a bit rested we made our way to the Basilica of Santa Croce,
to pay our respects to the final remains of Galileo, Machiavelli, and
Michelangelo. We had dinner at a cheap restaurant near the hostel,
where I tried, and enjoyed, my first spaghetti with tomato sauce and
Nathan ate his first Pizza in Italy!!!
decided to call it an early evening and to prepare for a final day in
Florence tomorrow, and our evening journey to Rome.
... a seascape rendered with the utmost mastery, Venus stands naked on a huge shell being pushed towards shore by the breath of the winds Zephyrus and Aura who embrace softly as roses fall from the sky. She is welcomed by a girl wearing a silk cloth embroidered with flowers. This is possibly Hora of Spring. The painting shows the fusion of Spirit and Matter, the harmonious marriage of Idea and Nature.
Another great painting that is most admired in the Gallery is ...
... reminded us that it was lunchtime. Didn’t he say “The hottest places in the kitchen are reserved for those who, in a time of hunger, remain unfed”? Anyway, close enough. So we headed for a little restaurant looking out on the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge remaining in Las Vegas... ooops, I mean Florence. (Ever since they build the Venetian Hotel on the strip I always get those two cities mixed up).
... line and climb the dome before the crowds arrive later in the day. We wait less than 10 minutes before the doors open, we enter to pay our entrance fee and begin our ascent to the top of the dome. There are over 400 steps up varying degrees of steepness and windyness. At some points, you have to lean and duck your head as it is a dome you are climbing. We make it to the first level which winds you on the inside around the base of the dome where we can admire the paintings on ...
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking