Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday September 16 -- Exploring Florence

I woke up still feeling the effects of my minor mishap of a few days ago. Not sure how soon I will hop on the bike again, but I am determined to enjoy Italy while I am here. We have had lots of hot weather (today was 88) but no rain.
Santa Croce, around the corner from the hotel

This morning we had a three hour guided walk of the major sights in Florence with a local guide, Francesca. She did an outstanding job of providing a historical context to all of the buildings that we saw -- from the outside only. She left it to us to decide which ones to go back to and explore in further detail. We finished at noon with a gelato stop and then walked back to the hotel.
Cathedral and Il Duomo

Ponte Vecchiod 
Another view of Il Duomo

That left me just enough time to grab my prearranged reservation for the Uffizi gallery and get back there for my 1 pm admission. I had been there many years ago, but had forgotten the immense breadth of the collection.

After that I went back to the hotel to shower and rest my weary feet before setting out again for some final exploration of Florence before we leave tomorrow for Vinci (birthplace of Leonardo). After all of the heavy eating we (I) have been doing, I was glad to settle for a simple "antipasto toscana" and a glass of wine. Then back to the hotel to finish this post and rest my feet some more.

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