Florence: Uffizi & Academia - Day 16
Buongiorno!! I am now in Florence! Me and my little group arrived yesterday by train from Venice. The 2-hour journey was very relaxing, except for the spilled Fanta soda all over Kelsey's chair on board.
Before I go any further, let me apologize for not posting the Daily in time for our Subscriber Email. Tanya was out on the road and I had a little adventure that prevented me from posting. So, here is The Daily for August 20 - Day 15.
Now, back to our Venice departure. We had our last view of the Rialto Bridge as we drove away in the water taxi towards the Venice Train station. What a magical trip this was!! I will be back here soon! A big shout out to Tedd for making such a luxurious trip possible!!! It has been a dream come true vacation and a memory with Grandma that me and the girls will always treasure!
Our arrival to Florence was an interesting one, as we had a little adventure. We got a taxi right away and arrived at our rental apartment quite quickly. This was the very first place I booked for my Italy trip.The owner was very sweet and we corresponded regularly. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, beyond anyone's control, we made the decision to leave and, instead, stay in a nearby hotel.
I immediately sprung into action and with the help of Stephen, my long-time, loyal and reliable travel agent and friend, we worked together to find alternative accommodations near the the Piazza Santa Maria Novello.
What a lovely area! Lots of open space, restaurants and delightful horse and carriages clip-clopping by.
This morning we are scheduled for a 3-hour tour of the Ufizzi Museum and the Academia with our tour guide Francesca. Upon our return to the Piazza Santa Maria Novello, we'll be taking a horse and carriage ride.
Francesca met me bright and early and together we headed first to the Ufizzi where we spent two hours. I have to say that I was very fortunate because I wound up being the only one on this tour. The kids were a bit run down, so Mom volunteered to stay with them and let them rest since she had been to the Uffizi years ago.
What a delight it was to walk around Florence with Francesca! She shared so many tidbits of knowledge about the city, along ith pointing out a number of historic buildings and sites, which I was quick to snap pictures!
I gained lots of information about the founding of Florence from before the Romans settled it and Fiesole was already settled on the hills by the Turks. Lots of details about the Medici family and their role politically, economically and as patrons of the arts throughout Florence's history.
Seeing the art of Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Rafael and Leonardo de Vinci in person was surreal A little trivia about the artist Botticelli. I found out his real name was Allesandro Felipe. It is his nickname, "Botticelli" that he was known which means "little round barrel" because he was chubby.
Next we walked to the Accademia, passing the Duomo along the way. I will be headed back there tomorrow to tour the inside. What can I say about the David and to see this magnificent masterpiece in person!!
Great touring day in Florence!!
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