Villa San Simone
Travel Blogs from Pistoia
... is where the Medici family attended services. It is also the final resting place for Cosimo, the one with the studiolo. Treasures and relics are also housed in the crypt.
For the afternoon, I make my way on foot across the Ponte Vecchio to the oltrarno area which I expect might be a little less crowded... wrong ! More people are pouring through the streets the same direction as me.. towards the Palazzo Pitti, another of the Medici families palaces. I feel ...
... The Medici started as commoners and through banking became one of the richest families in Europe, at that time. Over the years, they bought and commissioned art and kept it in their offices. This is the bulk of what we are going to see today. The Medici rose to power in the 1300's when they started their own bank. They ruled the Florentine Republic for most of that time, until they fell from power in the 1700’s. There were ...
... and it has a fortress that is actually now used as a maximum security prison. The town is more than 2,000 years old, and it's not so touristy-filled because you have to either drive or take a bus to visit. We visited the town's park and its most famous sight, the Porta all'Arco (Etruscan Arch) which was built in the 4th century.
After gelato and going inside the duomo, we stopped off at the Alabaster Workshop to see the owners, Roberto and Giorgio, at ...
... View was beautiful, of the Duomo Cathedral and city. We then went to our rooms. Very large! King bed! Boy's room had twin beds. We then walked to the city hall square looking for dinner. What an amazing area! The sculpture and architecture were lit up - breathtaking! We ate dinner at Gustoleo. Terry and I had florentine steak, Grant had lasagna and penne, and Dominic had 2 large pizzas! Very good, great atmosphere. Bed at ...
... different kinds. The show included a voucher to buy chocolates in the end too, so I’ll be bringing home some Swiss chocolate!
Later, we went out for dinner at a restaurant down the street from our hostel. We ordered their local beer, Rugenbrau, and Rosti, which is a dish similar to hash browns. It was served in a huge skillet and inside it was mixed with cheese, onion and bacon. It was absolutely delicious. Midnight on Friday was when I turned 21, so we went to the bar ...
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking