Postcards From an Italian Adventure – At Last, a Sunny Day In Florence

Published Date Author: , July 17th, 2010

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Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on an extended adventure in Italy. She has graciously agreed to let us republish her travel logs. Enjoy!


Wednesday, June 23rd

FlorenceWhen I first opened my eyes, I thought: is that really sunlight peeking through the shutters? I quickly got up, opened the windows, and could hardly believe my good luck. Yes, sunlight was shining brightly, therefore, it did not take me long to shower, and get outdoors to enjoy it.

I had a couple of errands to run, so started out by doing those things, in our neighborhood, but I wanted to see more of Oltrano, the area across the Arno River, the more Bohemian area of Florence. I went past San Frediano church, but then I did go to Santa Maria del Carmine, which is a huge church, very beautiful, with frescoes from the 15th century by Masaccio and Lippi.

FlorenceThe Brancacci Chapel is nearby, but closed on Tuesdays. I always seem to go over there on a Tuesday, so will have to plan things better. I also was able to go into San Spirito church, which is also huge, but other than the ceiling, the church is quite plain.

By then it was almost noon, and I was not ready for lunch, so I just kept walking, finally emerging onto Porta Romano, which is the southern boundary of Florence, and also another entrance to Boboli Gardens, which I did not have the energy to do, but did go to the ticket office, bought myself a ticket to the Mozart opera,
“The Magic Flute”, which will be performed in the Boboli Gardens on July 15. I have never seen that opera, so it should be a treat…if it doesn’t rain.

FlorenceI walked back to Florence proper, but the street I was on veered to the west, so I ended up crossing the Arno via Ponte Vespucci. By now I was ready for lunch, but continued walking, until I came to Piazza Signoria, then headed for home, and found a little trattoria where I had a salad and some wine. I enjoyed people watching for awhile, then continued on to the apartment. I was tired but what a lovely walk I had.

I also had an appointment to get my hair trimmed… and trimmed it is… with any luck it will have grown some by September, when Frank gets here, so he will be able to recognize me. But now I will not have to worry about blow drying it, or styling it.

Tomorrow is supposed to be nice weather again, and Friday I am going to Orvieto, a hill town about half way between Florence and Rome. I have wanted to see that area for a long time, to see if I shall add it to my group travel itinerary for next year. I will spend 2 nights there, returning to Florence on Sunday.

But before then Thursday is the celebration day of St. John. There shall be lots of activities here in Florence for that feast day. So much to see and do.

You may not hear from me until Sunday, as I will not be taking the computer to Orvieto. I will take my camera, however, so I will have to download the pictures that I take, when I get back on Sunday.

Until then, take care of yourselves and each other.

Ciao for now,


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