Monthly Archives: April 2014

Last look at Florence

Day 12 .. last full day on our tour around Italy, and what a memorable and truly wonderful tour it was!!! Up early ..  we made our way towards Siena, home to one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares ….  but … Continue reading

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Dining in the Chianti hills of Tuscany

In the early evening on our last night in Florence ( Day 11 ) we drove passed part of Florence’s original city wall … …  into the Tuscan countryside ..    …. through a village .. …  until we reached Ristorante I … Continue reading

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Walk-about in Florence .. part three

Continuing from my last post, and leaving the crowded Piazza dell Signoria behind, please join hubby and I during the rest of our walk-about in Florence while we stroll back to our hotel for a short R&R ..    We bought a … Continue reading

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Continuing our walk-about in Florence ..

  Plaque shows the level of the high water line from the devastating floods of November 1966.  I remember my Mum and Dad went to Europe in 1967 and took photos of water marks still visible and I think, if … Continue reading

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Walk-about in Florence

Brief history: Florence began as a Roman colony in 59 BC .. captured by the Lombards in the 6th century.  By 13th century, trading in wool and textiles, with a powerful banking sector,  the city became one of Italy’s leading … Continue reading

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Florence .. our next destination

From Pisa to Florence is a short distance through Tuscan countryside It’s there that we had a two day stopover at the Croce di Malta Hotel in the heart of Florence .. birthplace of the Renaissance.    So much to see .. so … Continue reading

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The Baptistry, Duomo …. and Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Baptistry, Duomo and Leaning Tower in Pisa’s Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles) which is a wide walled area, recognised as an” important centre of European medieval art and one of the finest architectural complexes in the world.  In … Continue reading

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