|View from the rear of the Villa|
Our first day trip was to Florence, the easiest way is to hop on a train from the local town, check at reception and they'll give you directions. Wow, finally Florence, perhaps one of Italy's most famous cities, judging by the crowds of tourists that really seems to be the case.
|San Lorenzo Church|
|Piazza di San Marco|
|Santa Maria del Fiore|
Piazza della Signoria is a unique outdoor sculpture gallery which along wtih the Palazzo Vecchio, has been at the heart of Florentine politics since the 14th century. Citizens gathered here when called to a parlamento (public gathering by the Palazzo's great bell. One tip, avoid the tourist restaurants around the sides of the Piazza, it was here that we made our fatal frozen pizza error, obviously not expecting such a disappointing lunch.
|Piazza della Signoria|
|The Loggia dei Lanzi|
Last landmark from our visit to Florence is the Ponte Vecchio, or Old Bridge which is actually the oldest bridge in Florence. Built in 1345, it was the only bridge to escape being blown up during World War II. There have always been workshops on the bridge, in 1593 the owners were evicted by Duke Ferdinando 1 because of the noise and stench they created. The workshops were rebuilt and let to more decorous goldsmiths, and the shops lining and overhanging the bridge continue to specialize in new and antique jewellery to this day.