A Day for the Attractions of Florence


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October 9th 2014
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Duomo of Florence 09-10-14
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Our day started with the included Italian style breakfast. Lots of very sweet food – cakes, cereal with chocolate, sweet pastries, sugared croissants and so on. Fortunately there were delicious hams and cheeses as well as very good cappuccino.

We then set out to Piazza del Duomo. We decided not to climb the dome of the cathedral itself, but rather to climb Giotto's Campanile. It wasn't a too difficult climb, there were spots to rest along the way, and the view from the top was worth any effort that we expended.

Next we visited the Duomo itself and the Baptistery. Unfortunately we could only see the copies of the Gates of Paradise as the originals are kept in the Opera del Duomo which was under renovation.

After the Duomo area we headed to the Museo Bargello as we both enjoy looking at sculptures. This was a small easy to manage museum which we both enjoyed.

Finally we walked across the Ponte Vecchio. I must say the bridge, and the Arno itself were fairly disappointing. The bridge was ridiculously crowded and the Arno river banks were weedy and scruffy. Nothing like rivers we have seen in other countries.

We wandered along the other side of
The copy of Ghiberti's Gates of ParadiseThe copy of Ghiberti's Gates of ParadiseThe copy of Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise

Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise 09-10-14
the river and stopped for a club sandwich at Hotel Lugano, from where we could see the Ponte Vecchio. The famous view of the bridge was far more enjoyable than actually being on it

After lunch we headed to the beautiful Santa Croce church and the Leather School to continue our search for leather jackets. It was incredibly expensive and there was really nothing much that we liked anyway. We ended up returning to the shop we visited the previous day and buying our jackets there as well as collecting our laundry from the day before.

On our way back to the hotel we popped in the Mercato Nuovo where we purchased a purse for me and a wallet for G. Obviously we rubbed the boar's nose to ensure a return to Florence.

Our evening ended with Happy Hour at the Davanzati followed by dinner just over the street at La Bussola. The evening was lovely so again we were able to eat outside – Spaghetti Carbonara with Chianti Sauce which was delicious followed by Potato Topped Seabass which was very nice, but nowhere near as good as the potato topped fish we had eaten on our first night in Bellagio.


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View from Giotto's CampanileView from Giotto's Campanile
View from Giotto's Campanile

View from Giotto's Campanile Florence 09-10-14
View of Brunelleschi's Dome from the Bell TowerView of Brunelleschi's Dome from the Bell Tower
View of Brunelleschi's Dome from the Bell Tower

View of Brunelleschi's Dome from the Campanile 09-10-14
Ponte VecchioPonte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio 09-10-14
River Arno FlorenceRiver Arno Florence
River Arno Florence

The Arno 09-10-14
Basilica di Santa CroceBasilica di Santa Croce
Basilica di Santa Croce

Basilica di Santa Croce 09-10-14
Carbonara with Chianti Sauce at La BussolaCarbonara with Chianti Sauce at La Bussola
Carbonara with Chianti Sauce at La Bussola

Carbonara with Chianti Sauce at La Bussola 09-10-14
Potato Topped Seabass at La BussolaPotato Topped Seabass at La Bussola
Potato Topped Seabass at La Bussola

Potato Topped Seabass at La Bussola 09-10-14


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