Had to take a sleeping tablet last night. Traffic was so consistently noisy. Had a good sleep after that. Woke up about 2 minutes before the knock on the door for brekkie. A major disappointment! One mouthful of coffee and a croissant with lemon icing. Yuck!
Headed straight off out of Lucca for Pisa. Leaning tower was gorgeous. Very small and cute. Very impressed with it.
Other monuments also very nice. Lovely marble.
Rest of Pisa nothing much. Drove towards Florence. Still haven’t found any bakeries or shops.
Went through a few towns on the way. Nothing open. Totally crapped off. Concerned that Florence looks a bit big and busy to drive into and find accommodation in so turned off highway for Sienna and and thought that we would get accommodation there and then train to Florence.
We drove into a town and found a car park outside a gorgeous old building and better still finally found an open bar where we had some lunch. Lovely pasta etc. We asked where we were and found out that we had fallen straight into the heart of Florence!
We walked around and found some accommodation and realised that we were in the centre of Florence and within walking distance to everything! We were parked outside the Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace) and the Ponte Vecchio was just a few blocks away! Florence wasn’t so big and hard to navigate after all!
Stayed at La Scaletta Pensione. Expensive at 125000L per night with bath but quiet. Couldn’t sleep for mosquitos though… Brekkie not bad. All monuments, museums etc that we wanted to see were closed on Sunday! Except for the Cathedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore . Paid to walk to the top but couldn’t make it past the bottom of the dome. Too claustrophobic in crowds…
Went into Picasso display but it didn’t mean that much to us as we didn’t know much about him. Had spent our time learning about Van Gogh instead.
Everything closed at lunch time. Had a siesta. Did our washing after much walking. Did a bit of shopping but didn’t buy anything.
Had dinner with another Australia called Colin. He was very nice. Bought Gelati and walked afterwards. Then had wine together back at the hotel.
There was a thunderstorm this afternoon. Rang Mum and Dad this morning.