Dolly Travels: Florence

Published Date Author: , September 19th, 2011

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Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on the go again, this time starting in Switzerland and ending in Italy. She has graciously allowed us to republish her travel blogs. Enjoy!

Florence, Italy

Hi, Everyone,

We have been so busy that I haven’t had time to write a blog post. Sorry!
We left Cinque Terre on Monday, and stopped in Viareggio to visit Massimo and Magda, our friends as well as our landlords.

They gave us a lovely lunch, then they had to go back to work and we took off to see the big yachts in the harbor, as well as the ones that were being built in the shipyard.

Having a Beer in FlorenceWe walked down the Passiagetta, the parallels the seashore, finally stopping at a seaside cafe for a drink, just before heading back to the Carli’s. Patrick said that next time he comes here, he is going to spend more time at the beach.

We had a great dinner with Magda and Massimo, and their friend, Lele. Lele brought his dog, Pippo, who played with Orson, Carli’s big chow, and Patrick got to have his dog “fix”, as he is lonesome for his dog, Bucky. After dinner, we caught a late train to Florence, getting here around midnight.

I am happy to be in Florence, but our time here is far too short. Tuesday we went to the Mercato San Ambrogio, and bought meat, fruit, vegetables, olives, salami, stuff like that. After putting the groceries away, I took the kids on a walking tour, starting at Piazza Annunziata then San Marco, the Duomo, Baptistry, Piazza Republicca, Ponte Vecchio, and finally stopped at Piazza Signoria for a beer.

Bella in Florence(no, those are not all mine…mine is the small beer!)

After that, I went back to the apartment and the kids climbed to the top of the dome (Duomo). We enjoyed a good dinner at home, and a good night’s sleep.
Wednesday was another full day of walking: we went to the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David, the to the Museum of Precious Stones.

We stopped for lunch at a Doner Kebap cafe. I had never had one of those wraps before, but it was really good! It was bigger than the burrito at Chipotle so I wasn’t able to finish mine.

We took a bus to Piazzale Michelangelo, because it was so warm and humid. We were able to see the city of Florence from the hilltop. I never get tired of that view. We walked down from there and went to Santa Croce church, then walked home.

My feet were pretty tired, but I perked up after an Aperol spritz at the OK Bar, then we made tortellini and salad at the apartment. It is so nice to be back in my own little Florentine kitchen.

Thursday we took the train to Bologna to go to the Ducati factory and museum on a guided tour. This was Patrick’s idea, of course, but we all found it very interesting.

San Gimingiano, ItalyToday we went to San Gimingnano, one of my favorite hill towns. We left here early, on the 0700 bus, arriving in the village about 0845. There were no tourists there yet, so we had a chance to see view from the hilltop, ramble through the streets without interference, and the kids were some of the first ones to climb the tower.

Of course, by 10:00, the tour groups were pouring in, so I was really happy that we had come early. We had lunch, did some shopping and returned home hot and tired. But a good tired!

Now we have to leave in the morning, for Rome, where we have rented an apartment for the next 5 nights. I always hate to leave Florence but I know I will be back.

I will try to keep up the blog better when we are in Rome.

Till then,



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