Florence

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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Trip End Mar 16, 2009


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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Friday, August 1, 2008

IMH: 'Blessed with beauty, wine and an unparalleled artistic legacy, Tuscany's a region that largely lives up to its press. Its fabled rolling landscapes have long been considered the embodiment of rural chic.'
 
Our campsite in Florence was unfortunately not nearly as cosy as the one in Rome and was quite a trek by bus to get into town. We probably would have experienced Florence very different had we stayed in town and we would not recommend this accommodation unless you have your own transport. That said, we still loved Florence and all its Renaissance offerings.
 
It was very hot during our four day stay in Florence, some say it got close to 40 degrees, which is not conducive to walking the city (which we usually prefer) and we decided to take the organised hop-on hop-off city bus tour, especially since we were still fighting of the Rome cold we picked up. It turned out to be brilliant and we enjoyed all the sites and even a little extra outside of town, namely the small town of Fiesole, much older and richer in history overlooking Florence.
 
Florence is not very big, but as many European cities have a beautiful church or two which cannot be missed. Pictures do not do justice to Gothic Duomo - while they reproduce the startling colours of the tiered red. Green and white marble fašade and the beautiful symmetry of the dome, they fail to give a sense of its size - one of the world largest cathedrals. We found many of the Italian churches' exterior was more impressive than their interiors, except for the Basilica di San Lorenzo, the Medici family (who also owned the majority of the art in the Uffizi) church, who's interior features sculptural decoration by Donatello and Michelangelo's stairway to the library amongst many other treasures.
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