Nice to Rome
13.10.2011 - 14.10.2011
Florence - not what we expected at all. Very lovely old city with cobblestone alleyways and spectacular marble buildings. Icons walking distance apart. We highly recommend a walking tour with a local tour guide as they are passionate about their city and make the history come alive. After a quick visit to the inside of the Duomo Cathedral Judles visited the Duomo Dome to view the painted ceiling up close and climb the 463 steps for a spectacular view from the top of Florence. I hot footed it over to Ponte Vecchio to go inside the Palazzo Pitti. OMG! How the Medici's lived! Buckingham Palace eat your heart out. No photos allowed so the visit exists only now in my head and I can not do it justice by attempting to describe it here. The art blew my mind. Near to the bus pick up point a nice little spot is the outdoor bar by the river where you can rest your tired feet, have a local wine for 2€ and wait for your bus in comfort.
Our final day with Kumuka tour today which ends in Rome is a bit sad. The group has been great, Kerry and Martin very helpful, friendly and informative.
Would like to come back to Rome to do the next leg of the tour sometime.
We're joining the group for the walking guided tour of Rome tomorrow and for the Vatican tour in the afternoon. Sunday will be spent in Rome ourselves then off to the Amalfi Coast.
Lunch today was spent at Orvieto where we paid one euro to go in the fenicular to visit the city built on top of a rocky outcrop. Many many snaps taken here. Best ever hot chocolate mmmmm. Thick enough to stand your spoon in!
Arrived Rome around 4pm and dropped off at train station where we made our way to our lovely new hotel. Local pizza for dinner mmmm.
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