Friday, October 5, 2012


Our Bed & Breakfast ended up being just half a block from the Duomo, one block from the high end retailers and a short walk to the two main plazas in town.

We started off our full day with a great breakfast and caffee' latte' at our B&B then walked across the river and up the hill to Michelangelo's park for an incredible look out over the entire city. After exploring a church and hill top cemetery we headed down the hill and back across the river where we found a German market setting up for lunch.

The location of our B&B allowed us to pop in to use the bathroom and freshen up without losing too much time. It was also helpful when we saw the line for the Gallery that holds the original David statue for us to stop by and have the care taker make a reservation for later in the day so we wouldn't wait as long. With the reservation our wait was about 15 min rather than over an hour! Along with the statue of David is about six other unfinished sculptures by Michelangelo. Those were interesting to see with just the front carved out and little detail to them. But the main attraction is the statue of David and although we had seen the two replicas outside this one is astounding and I would say its the greatest art piece I have ever seen and will probably ever see..... And there there was this, the fourth statue of David that we saw that day.

Next we popped over to the train station to purchase our tickets to Venice the next morning. We thought we were set until just a bit ago when we boarded the train only to find out our seats are in different cars so now I am sitting here writing this while Maria is two cars away either making a new Friend or sleeping. :p
Back to Florence, we had a delicious dinner last night down a small side street that we had seen the night before during our exploring. I had an incredible meat ravioli Chefs choice while Maria had a great four cheese Alfredo pasta and we split a healthy salad.
This morning we woke up early to see the Duomo without the huge crowds and visit a market to buy more gifts for our family and friends. Another great breakfast at our B&B then we grabbed our bags and walked about 8 blocks to to the train station and off to our last city Venice.

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