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Italy – Day 5

A late start today. We didn’t meet to leave until 9:15.  We thought we would be walking all the way (more on that later).  First off is the Accademia Gallery where we see Michelangelo’s David.  The best part of the day for Evan.  We took lots and lots of pictures.  The David was originally suppose to be on the top of a cathedral but it was so liked that it was decided it should be in a plaza where it could be seen. Later it was moved to a museum.  

Evan had gelato.

From there we went to the Duomo – beautiful.  The dome was designed by Brunelleschi.  It is a 15th century church.

Lunch was on our own and we found some pizza.

Evan had gelato.

We then met the de Medici family. The Palazzo Vecchio was the seat of the de Medici family before it became the center of local government.  The de Medici family ruled the Republic of Florence.  We were taken on a tour and went through a secret passage where the children on the tour got to try on some of the costumes that are used for presentations given at the Palazzo Vecchio.

Along the way my shoe fell apart so by the time we got to the Boboli Gardens I only had half a sole.  I went halfway up the stairs – far enough to get a good, if not perfect, view of the city.  The shoes are trash now.

Dinner was not too far away and I’m afraid I have forgotten the name of the restaurant. I had the best orecchiette ever.  During dinner, IT RAINED.

And Evan had gelato. We took taxis back to the hotel.

Italy Day 4 Rome to Florence

A partial travel day.  We left Rome in the morning. Drove through some beautiful country.  We stopped around 11 AM in Siena where we visited it’s medieval center.  Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  We went through a Gothic 13 century Duomo and its museum.  We walked down to the Il Campo, a sprawling, fan-shaped piazza which is famed for its annual Palio horse race.  The preparations are well on their way for the horse race which takes place in July.

We ate a quick 1 hour lunch at the GalloNero trattoria.

Back on the bus we drove to a nearby hill town called Chiusdino and explored the Cistercian Abbey of San Galano.  This is suppose to be the original story of the sword in the stone legend.  Galano who was a Knight Templar decided to lay down his arms and thrust his sword into the stone.  We also visited the church without a roof.  Our guide came robed as Dante for his talk at both places.

After a short break we continued on to our hotel in Florence.  On our own for dinner, we went to a trattoria and got something to eat.

No matter how much we try, it is always late by the time we get in bed.  Must have something to do with not starting dinner until after 9:00 PM.