Florence: Truly a day to savor from start to finish! The birthplace of the Renaissance, the Guilly Family experienced scenic architecture all around. History abounds at every corner. Think of Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Brunelleschi, Galileo, Machiavelli -- they were all there, walking the streets of Florence. Oh yeah, Michelangelo and Leonardo de Vinci were there too, and so were the members of the Medici family. Even Opera was even invented there. And then they moved on to modernity - Florence abounds in it! Check out the green bicycle with watermelon wheel; Andy Warhol would have smiled at that. And not to be outdone of this city that has all sorts of important echoes from the past: all modern Florentine streets led to the Disney Store, which was a must for the younger generation.
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Kristin's Blog: Day 5: Florence!
After yet another relaxing breakfast, we headed to Florence. We enjoyed reserved entry and access to see Michelangelo's David, followed by a walking tour of the city's famed Duomo, Baptistry, Plaza della Signoria, Plaza della Republican, Ponte Vecchio and other sights.
Lunch was on our own and Alexa and Korey gave us a recommendation of a place where we had the best lasagna in Florence. After lunch we had a special VIP tour of Palazzo Vecchio, a magnificent structure that remains one of the most impressive buildings in Tuscany. We climbed the High Tower, dressed in medical period costumes for photo opportunities, and explored secret passages once used by the all powerful Medici Family who were famed patrons of the arts.
Then we had some free time to shop and explore Florence on our own. We opted to go with a few others to the Hard Rock Cafe (we have teenagers!) and then on to the Disney Store. Along the way we enjoyed the best Gelato yet. It was a fun and relaxing afternoon. It was extremely warm today, and the more we could be in air conditioning the better off we felt. LOL! We also bought a bunch of chocolate to take back home with us.
We had dinner on our own, and we had the choice to either have dinner in Florence or take a bus back to our hotel at 6pm. We opted to head back early with Korey and have dinner and a relaxing night at the hotel.
Tink's Tip: Pack a backpack that is a cross body -- makes it easy to carry through the walking tours!