Fiesole - Bus #7...

Trip Start Sep 17, 2011
Trip End Oct 09, 2011

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Sept 26 -- 4 pm

A day off!

Our original plan for Florence had included a bus tour of Chianti orgnaized by the tourism bureau but alas that got cancelled this year... so what to do with our extra day? The other bus tours didn`t really interest us. Perhaps a side trip to Siena or Lucca? Very tempting indeed. On the other hand, just a hop, skip and a jump away is a little town/suburb called Fiesole which overlooks Florence from the Tuscan hills. So we jumped on the city bus and off we went!

What a gorgeous place! Quaint little church, spectacular views and we had our main meal at a wonderful little cafe on the main square. The bistecca alla fiorentina is the specialty around these parts but at €55 a kilo (1.1 or 1.2 kg serving) we passed on that! We had an avocado and shrimp salad, Rod had the grilled lamb, I had the most tender chicken and we shared some grilled veggies. Very, very good! All with a mezzo litro of red wine (the first wine I've had in almost a week -- and no nausea, woohoo!)

Rod is off now on a solo excursion around town while I rest my tootsies -- a little break from all this "togetherness"! LOL
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Marc Terreau on

Wonderful to hear that you are better now and ready to really enjoy the local fare even if atrociously expensive. We are following your every step and enjoying your trip blog. Keep them coming...

Love from warm Ottawa

Kathy on

What a steep climb in Fiesole...put those gluts to the test! But the view was worth it.

Did you notice how sparse the "free" seating was in Florence? I had trouble finding a bench anywhere; seems like the people-watching had to be done from cafe patio. By the time we got to our last night (which was actually in Siena) I just plunked myself right down in the middle of the piazza! But I did enjoy the public drinking. Very civilized.

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