23.06.2014 - 23.06.2014 31 °C
Today we did a day trip into Florence. Once again I had managed to arrange a visit to an Italian city on a Monday....this is not good as the major galleries, the Ufizzi and the Academia were closed. That means no viewing of Venus or the statue of David. Anyway we decided we should opt for a science lesson today and we chose to visit the Gallileo museum and to have a wander through Florence.
As we drove into the city and we knew that we would have to use public transport as there is €100 fine for driving into the city without a permit. Dave was a little concerned about this so we found a parking area but couldn't find a bus anywhere and didn't know exactly where we were as we had no reasonable map. Anyway eventually we found someone to ask and they directed us to a bus stop which then linked to a tram which got us to the city (should have research that one a bit better).
We made our way to the museum and found lots of amazing devices for measuring everything and anything and lots of scientific devices. It was a physics teachers dream come true (Sean And Alex would love it).
We then wandered down to the Arno river to the Ponte Vecchio bridge. This is the bridge which has buildings on top of it. Most of these buildings are very nice jewellery shops and we did a spot of window shopping.
We found some lunch then wandered back to the tram via the cathedral. We went into the cathedral for a look albeit briefly as there is a dress code and Holly's shorts did not pass the test!
The cathedral is similar to Sienna's in that it is all coloured marble but this one is much larger again. We have seen so many impressive churches in Italy I think I am becoming a bit complacent.
I was a bit worried about finding our way back to the car but we managed finding a few good delis on the way for supplies for dinner.
For some reason I haven't been able to get any photos off my camera using the wireless to add to the blog so I will wait till I can get some pics added before I publish this one.
I enjoyed Florence but was much more impressed with Siena as it was much cleaner, quieter and attractive.