Florence by Train

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Today was the day for a visit to Florence. I had heard and read so much about Florence that for years I said if there was one place in Italy I wanted to visit, Florence was it. As it turned out, we didn't give it the time it deserved and the weather conspired against us. We agreed to go by train and had checked out the station and schedule on the way to dinner the night before. After breakfast we were running ahead of schedule so Helen and I ran to the store to fill in on missing items. The train departure from Castiglione del Lago was at about 10:30 and we were at the station quite early. As per standard procedure, we bought the tickets at a bar across the street from the station and then waited on the platform.

 

At over two hours, the ride from Castiglione del Lago to Florence was a long one, but it was better than driving. When we arrived in Florence it was still raining but not too hard. We had lunch almost immediately and by the time we finished, the rain had also. That meal was not especially bad but certainly the most disappointing that we’ve had since we arrived in Italy First stop was the Duomo but on the way, we stopped at the Piazza della Signoria to enjoy the many beautiful sculptures. The Duomo is made of white, green, and some pink marble. It is stunning and I’m sure it would have been more striking had the sun been shining. Next we visited the church of Santa Croce, where many famous people are buried, not in a crypt but in the nave itself. Among the graves we saw were those of Machiavelli, Galileo, Michelangelo, Dante, and Rossini.

Il Ponte Vecchio
 

Leaving there, we headed to Ponte alle Grazie to get photos of the famous Ponte Vecchio, then along the other side of the river Arno to the Ponte Vecchio itself. The Ponte Vecchio is lined on both sides with jewelry shops and Linda took the opportunity to pick out a small trinket for her anniversary present. We took a 6:30 train which skipped a few of the stops we made on the way back so our time was slightly better than 2 hours. By the time we arrived in Castiglione del Lago, the rain had resumed with a vengeance. That, combined with our fatigue, prompted us to forgo the restaurants in Castiglione del Lago and head for I Chiari. Unfortunately, it was closed so we returned to the villa and the ladies prepared a delicious chicken dinner.

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Il Ponte Vecchio
Il Ponte Vecchio
Santa Croce
Santa Croce
Santa Croce
Santa Croce
Tomb of Dante - Santa Croce
Tomb of Dante - Santa Croce
Tomb of Michaelangelo - Santa Croce
Tomb of Michaelangelo - Santa Croce
Tomb of Michaelangelo - Santa Croce
Tomb of Michaelangelo - Santa Croce
Tomb of Michaelangelo - Santa Croce
Tomb of Michaelangelo - Santa Croce
Tomb of Galileo - Santa Croce
Tomb of Galileo - Santa Croce
Tomb of Galileo - Santa Croce
Tomb of Galileo - Santa Croce
Tomb of Machiavelli - Santa Croce
Tomb of Machiavelli - Santa Croce
Tomb of Machiavelli - Santa Croce
Tomb of Machiavelli - Santa Croce
Santa Croce
Santa Croce
Santa Croce
Santa Croce
Santa Croce
Santa Croce
Il Ponte Vecchio
Il Ponte Vecchio
Uffizi Museum
Uffizi Museum
Il Ponte Vecchio
Il Ponte Vecchio
Il Ponte Vecchio
Il Ponte Vecchio
Il Ponte Vecchio
Il Ponte Vecchio
Il Ponte Vecchio
Il Ponte Vecchio
Uffizi
Uffizi
Il Ponte Vecchio
Il Ponte Vecchio
Il Ponte Vecchio
Il Ponte Vecchio
Florence
photo by: monky