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Italy Day 4 – Florence

June 11, 2015

Highlight of the Day: Another win for Airbnb, with a fantastic view of the Arno and Ponte Vecchio
Total Steps: 13,669
Total Miles:ย 5.8

Today we took the Varenna-Esino train to Milano Centrale, or chen-tral-eh as the Italians put, and hopped on a pleasant high speed train to Florence. I have two things to say about this 1) We went all the way from Lake Como to Florence without 1 single person checking our tickets 2) Why the heck don’t we have these nice high speeds trains from Albany to NYC???

At the train station we hopped on a 5 minute taxi ride to the apartment and decided to eat while we waited to meet the hosts. Even though the restaurant we chose was right across the street, I still had to go rendezvous with the property manager before my meal came out. This meeting ended up taking a lot longer than I anticipated (had to sign a bunch of paper work and pay city tourist taxes etc) so by the time we walked out of the door to rejoin my family, I saw John sitting on the stairwell of the building with some other resident frantically trying to call the phone number in the itinerary to find me. The funny part of the story is that he didn’t realize I had been missing for over 20 mins until AFTER finishing his pizza. As soon as he took that last bite his mind went into full on “Taken” mode. I could see him rehearsing it in his head just moments before:

“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don’t have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter girlfriend go now that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you, but if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you.”

All Taken references aside, when everyone got to settle in and have a looksy around, we discovered another GORGEOUS view from amazing airbnb find #2, smack dab on the Arno and looking onto the Ponte Vecchio.

ponte vechio view

Not only was this 2 bedroom apartment extremely affordable, but it came with a complimentary bottle of some of the best wine we had during the trip. It was made by monks, wine photo credit to my mom, called Borbotto (it was also very potent). We sat down for awhile to just relax and enjoy the view.
firenze airbnb

And although the bridge may look far in my super high res iphone pano ;), it was only a few steps away. Just take a left and another left and BOOM you were walking the old bridge filled with tons of tourists, selfie sticks and all the splat balls one could handle. (I would have filmed this craziness for you, but if I look any in the eye or show any interest than all hope is lost) We were on a semi buzzed mission for more wine and of course where there is wine there is meat! Off to the Salumeria we went…

hanging meat

salame

A bottle, loaf and salami stick later and we were off, goodies in hand, to watch the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo. I should mention now that, in order to have an “overlook” you have to be on a hill or mountain, and in order to get up that hill you have to climb lots and lots of steps. Mom made it look easy, wine bottle in hand, the boys pretended to check their watches but I really think they were just catching their breath. (Funny side story, as we were huffing and puffing, this jogger behind mom with not a drop of sweat on her comes gliding up the steps like a majestic pony – true story)

hike up the stairs

A good mile uphill walk and few hundred stairs later we made it to the steps and claimed a spot for ourselves.

wine and sunset over florence

Extra legroom ๐Ÿ˜€

snagged a spot to stretch

Now is the time I bore you with some of my ‘classic’ sunset over Firenze shots we took along with the other thousands of photos taken a day there. I mean hey, when in Rome… uh erm Florence

firenze sunset

duomo flower

florence on fire

florence sunset

duomo sunset

Remember how I said there were a thousand billion other photos of this exact same spot and sunset? These were the people taking them. Remember, pictures of people taking pictures. It’s TOTALLY a thing now (I’m also pretty sure that guy is turned in the wrong direction)
pictures of people taking pictures

Oh hey, John got in on the action :)
john taking photos

This is just so Italy amiright? #vespa #duomo #sunset

florence italy

The sun was setting so it was finally time to disperse. Buhbye gang, it was fun hanging out for this moment in time
piazzale michelangelo

And what would another day in Italy be without flower pictures?!
firenze flower sunset
flower sunset

We walked back home at dusk and ran into this cute little tower, which I’m sure was built at some point in time by the Medici, and if not by them, they came into possession of it.
medici tower

Didn’t have a lot of time for this shot, so I decided to take more the next night but during sunset. Photos tomorrow!
ponte vecchio dusk

This again from our balcony, it was so beautiful lit up at night.
ponte vecchio night

And last but certainly not least, one of my favorite shots of the trip, ‘Twilight on the Arno River’
arno river

On to Day 5

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1 Comment

  • Reply Cindy November 10, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad shot of ponte vecchio-but yours are just beautiful! I’m only part way through your trip and can’t wait to keep reading:)

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