Florence

Today, we went on our day trip to Florence. We started by getting a cab through Free Now app from our hotel to Termini Station. We arrived and waited for our train platform assignment. We made our booking with TrenItalia. Your booking confirmation will include a train number, departure time, car number and seat assignment. On the departures board at the train station look for your train number and departure time. The departures board will note the final destination location so you may not see ‘your’ destination listed. Lastly, keep watch for a platform number. Once you have a platform assignment make your way in. Show the guards your booking confirmation and head towards your platform number. Next, look for the red post tags to find your car number. Once aboard go to your seat. Easy!

The ride itself was really nice. According to the train Frecciarossa (red arrow) the high speed train reaches a top speed of 360km/hr!

The views of the country side en route were really nice. Lots of farm fields of vineyards, sunflowers among other things.

Upon arrival at Firenze Santa Maria Novella station in Florence, we made our way to the various places we had selected. Again the sun was quite hot (30 C). We went through the market – Mercato di San Lorenzo – and towards the main attraction, Piazza del Duomo. There we found an enormous basilica. One of the largest in the world. First, we were met by the Baptistery of Saint John.

Followed by the Florence Cathedral. One of the largest basilicas in the world.

And Giotto’s Campanile.

The structures are enormous by themselves and together they combine to make a huge complex.

Within the Piazza del Duomo we stopped at a place for lunch (Le Botteghe di Donatello). We had a grilled portobello mushroom appetizer and both had fried veal scaloppine with fries. I was not expecting too much but this ended up being our best meal so far. The veal was lightly breaded and cut thin. The fries were crispy and both had a very nice flavour.

We then made our way to the Arno River and Ponte Vecchio.

Finally, it was time to return to Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station to go back to Rome and our hotel room. Another good day completed.

Activity tracker stats….16,239 steps and 9.76kms covered today. Yesterday’s totals were 16,515 steps and 10.07kms covered.

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