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Florence, Italy. View of the Ponte Vecchio

Our visit to Florence was a blast. We took the train from Rome’s Termini station and were in Florence about 3 hours later. It was a fun filled 3 days with good friends, good food and a lot of walking. Florence is an amazing city full of history. Lots of shopping too, if that’s your thing, not to mention the museums. Our day in the walled medieval city of San Gimignano was the highlight of the trip for me. It is located in the Siena region of Tuscany.

We had originally planned to spend just a few hours, and then move on to Siena. Once we were there though, we were too enchanted with the city, and spent the day meandering about , taking in all the architecture of the tower houses. It reminds of Malta in some ways. I guess we will have to save Siena for another day. I am glad it is not too far from Rome, as we can make a quick getaway to Florence when we visit my husband’s family. I ended up buying a lovely Italian leather bag locally made in the area. The price was pretty reasonable too. I have to say that l think Florence has some of the best gelato in the world. My friend’s kid sampled a different one from pretty much every gelato place, it seemed like. Aaah.. youth, she is only 16, so she doesn’t have to worry yet about “a minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips” problem.We finished our day there with a dinner of wild boar, florentine steak and lots of wine, for which the region is famous. Our friend’s wife was a little hesitant at first, but she was a trooper and loved it in the end. Here are some photos from the trip.

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florence view from roof top

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san3You just can’t help thinking of “Under the Tuscan Sky” :-)