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Tangled alleys and piazzas of Florence

Moved hostels to Emerald Fields and we have a triple room, so are all together again. Cost is 25 euro per person per night. It is comfortable rom that looks out on to a neighbours roof where their cats like to hang out.

We headed off to climb the steps of the Duomo. The cathedral, tower and Baptistry are all built in pink, green and cream marble. It is massive and stunning was built in the 1200's and took 170 years to build!!

The line to climb the dome was long so Mum and Nath sat at a nearby café for a coffee while I passed the time nicely reading my book and listening to a little old man play his violin. Mum didn't join us as she had done it before. It was 468 steps and cost us 8 euro each.

I got breathless a few times and had to have a quick recovery rest, but it was well worth it. The first part led us to the top of the inside of the dome where we could view this incredible painted ceiling with scenes of heaven and hell. Hell looked particularly nasty!!!!

There were more steps now to get to the top of the outside of the dome with stunning views over the city. It is in a valley surrounded by rolling hills covered in forests and groves of trees. The city has no high rise so you look down onto a sea of red tiled roves, punctuated with church spires and bell towers.

I love buying the local fruit each day from the fruit sellers – peaches, apricots and plums are so good.

For lunch we had prosicutto & cheese foccacia – finding the things i like now and enjoying the food more

Next we went to the station and bought train tickets to Venice on Friday 43 E each ( $61 AUD) and also found the bus station and found out times for buses to Siena and San Gimignano for tomorrow .

In the afternoon Nath had a rest and Mum & I walked around, over the river and back over the Ponte Vecchio bridge. This 14th century bridge was the only one not destroyed in World War II bombing and is lined with jewellery shops. Bought some fruit at a supermarket and one of the staff kept pointing to me and gave me a plastic bag. I tried to put the fruit in it but it wouldn't go in and discovered it was a glove and that you are not to pick up and touch the fruit without a glove!!!

We went back to get Nath and caught the #12 or 13 bus to watch the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo on the other side of the river. It was stunning and we stayed there until 8pm and watched the sky over the hills behind Florence change colour from gold to orange to pinks. It was so beautiful.

We decided we didn’t feel like going out for dinner so called into a supermarket on our way home and bought warm baguette bread, sliced ham and cheese, brie cheese and vine tomatoes to have a picnic on our beds in our room. As well we got chocolate mousse desserts and cokes and it only cost us 5 euro each and ended up feeding us dinner for 2 nights.!!!!!

Nathan in the little lift leaving our hostel

Nathan in the little lift leaving our hostel


Front Door of Davids Inn Hostel

Front Door of Davids Inn Hostel


Public drinking fountains

Public drinking fountains


Violinist outside the duomo

Violinist outside the duomo


Climbing up the stairs of the dome

Climbing up the stairs of the dome


The painted dome

The painted dome


View over beautiful Forence

View over beautiful Forence


Nath & I

Nath & I


Florence

Florence


Climbing back down

Climbing back down


Steep steps

Steep steps


Looking tired at lunchtime

Looking tired at lunchtime


Our new hostel room at Emerald Fields

Our new hostel room at Emerald Fields


The Bibliotech ( library)

The Bibliotech ( library)


View back to the dome

View back to the dome


Other side of the river

Other side of the river


Supermarket

Supermarket


From the Ponte Vecchia Bridge

From the Ponte Vecchia Bridge


Views of town from Michelangelo Hill

Views of town from Michelangelo Hill


View of the towns bridges

View of the towns bridges


The Duomo

The Duomo


Sunset skies

Sunset skies


Mum & I

Mum & I


Beautiful sunset over the hills

Beautiful sunset over the hills


Stunning colours

Stunning colours


Town

Town


More stunningness

More stunningness


Statue

Statue


Bus home

Bus home

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Italy

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