2nd Day Florence
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June 28th, 2010 – by: coles
Michiyo went to visit Santa Croce as it was closing when we went by there with her yesterday while the boys and I went on a quest to change money, book our Rome hotel room and reserve tickets for the Vatican Museum (ALWAYS RESERVE TICKETS FOR THE VATICAN MUSEUM - the line is something else!). The Internet Cafe I spotted on Via Ghibellina was closed so we found a bank and I experienced first hand the Italian bank culture.
Later on that day I finally changed the traveller's checks but they are not worth it. Next time I'll just bring more cash. They get a worse exchange rate and a hefty commission.
We still had time before meeting Michiyo so went back to the Internet Cafe and booked a room and the Vatican Museum tickets. I tried to book tickets for the Uffizi Gallery and the Academy but they were all sold out for the next morning.
After meeting up with Michiyo we went to the train station and bought tickets for Rome. Ate a pizza lunch and then Ray wanted to see the Fortezza da Basso. It looked impressive on the map but I didn't realize it was a fair ground or event venue. The main gate was closed so I thought it was a museum that was closed on Monday's. The outside walls are impressive but wasn't worth the walk in the heat.
On our way to the station we were thinking of seeing the Duomo but the square in front of the church was packed with tour groups and the line was very long.
After the dome another look at Piazza Della Signoria and then back to the hotel. Michael got another kebab for dinner while everyone else ate the remainder of our deli food.
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