Florence Travel Blog› entry 12 of 23 › view all entries
March 14th, 2009 – by: normrider2001
We had three walking tours planned one of Florence in general, one of the Uffizi gallery and one of the Accademia. Our first tour was very interesting it talked about the history of Florence, and about the powerful Medici family. We went to Ponte Vecchio, Il Duomo and some other churches to see Frescos.
We had lunch at nice place in Florence where I had spaghetti with wild boar meat. It was suggested by our guide. I don’t think she was getting a kickback because it seemed like a non touristy restaurant.
Our next tour was supposed to be of the Uffizi Gallery. Unfortunately we were the only people that were booked for the tour, so we didn't get a guided tour of the gallery. For some reason the Uffizi was a little disappointing. Perhaps it's because we have seen similar works in the National Gallery in London and the Louvre in Paris recently. I think I would have enjoyed the gallery more if we were on a tour and had more context of the works.
Our next tour was of the Accademia to see Micheangelo's David. This is a sculpture that is of course very famous and until you see it in person you can't grasp why. It is truly an incredible seventeen foot tall statue that had an incredible amount of detail. The fact that it was carved out of one block of marble was also amazing. Pictures do not to the sculpture justice.
We weren’t able to hit all of the sites of Florence, but we did get the highlights.
We then made our way to Rome from Florence. When we got to Rome we had a little trouble buying bus tickets. We asked someone who said we could buy tickets at the Tabacchi, but we couldn't find it in the train station. So I had to go to the metro area to buy the tickets.
It was easy to find our B & B from the bus stop. The bus stop is just around the corner from the door. It was a good thing we stayed in Pisa the night before because we learned about the three keys you need for Italian B & Bs. One key is for the building, one for the “flat” and one is for your room. Some of them you have to turn twice to get them to lock and unlock. Rome is quite a bit more hectic then Pisa, but we were glad we had a nice place to rest.
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