Day 5, Florence Birthplace of The Renaissance

 Night 4, Continued.

After our wonderful diner at Dianella Vineyard, we boarded the coach and made our way to our next lodging.  Grand Hotel Tamerici E Principe in Montecatini.

Our room didn't look that nice.  We arrived after dark and had a hard time making our way to our room as the halls weren't lite..not sure what that was about.  But, a bad start.  We've opted for twins so they weren't together as in the hotel's picture.
  The window initially looked almost boarded up...then hubby realized they were like wooden shutters that needed to be opened and there was actually a little balcony.  Though really no view of anything interesting.  The door leading into the bathroom obstructed part of the end of my bed, so it was rather tight quarters.

The bathrooms seemed to have been remodeled more recently then the rooms.  Had to use the hotel pictures because we forgot to take any ourselves.  We basically got there, got a shower and went to bed.  Common spaces were pretty attractive, like lobby and pool area; but we didn't use those areas.
**This is one of the rooms that got changed from our original itinerary.  We got the revised edition of it, the day before we left the US.  The hotel we were suppose to be in looked much more modern.  This happens sometimes on tours, and while I think the other hotel looked nicer...you're busy, you're not at the hotel much more than to sleep and shower...so, as long as it's clean and you can sleep...normally that's the important thing.  But, I must say our beds were terrible.  The mattress needed to be replaced LONG ago.  The bed was so soft, there was no edge support and when you rolled over, it felt like you were going to fall out.  I would NOT recommend this hotel. (maybe that's why I never took pictures).

Day 5 indicates we're heading to Florence, the birthplace of The Renaissance.
We did a fair amount of walking, exploring, shopping and had lunch.  
 The Cathedral, a UNESCO site is one 7 listed for Tuscany.  Florence is the capital of the region and was the first area to be listed as a UNESCO site of those in Tuscany.
 Statues abound.  The center of the historic city is considered to be an open air museum


Duomo Cathedral by Brunelleschi is also a UNESCO Heritage Site.  The dome is visible from many areas as you walk about the area.

 Lots of interesting details in so many of buildings. 



                                  
Lines forming to see The David, at the Galleria dell'Accademia which is also listed as a UNESCO site.
 They only allow groups of about 20 to tour the museum, so they broke us in 2 groups with 2 different tour guides.
 It's hard to believe this is stone

 Hubby with some of our tour group behind him.
 Look at the ribs.........it looks like he's taking a big deep breath.

Florence is known for Leather
We toured The Peruzzi Leather shop, and this wonderful red purse came home with me.  I really like it, it's not heavy and it's not too big.  I find buying purses difficult.  It's sooooo soft.  Peruzzi Handcrafted leather is gorgeous.  Ernie tried on leather jackets, but just couldn't quite get there.

After touring the center area, and The Peruzzi shop we were met up again with our tour guide before walking to see The David.  I mention this, as there were several places on our tour that a tour coach can not go due to the tightness of the roads, traffic and number of people.  Our lady with the wheel chair needed a cab for this portion of our tour.  I mention that, because if you're scheduled to take a tour of Italy, please call ahead and ask about conditions and how much walking there is.  Had our guide not been a very physically capable gentlemen, it would have been quite a problem.  As mentioned in previous posts, wheelchairs don't do well on cobblestone and the pushing a chair up and down lots of hills for a day of walking is not well suited for many seniors.

After lots of walking we boarded our coach and headed back to the hotel to shower and get ready for dinner.  Dinner in the Tuscan Hills, another one of our optional add extra excursions. We drove into the hills surrounding  Florence  for what was to be a typical Florentine meal complete with Chianti wine, music and fun.

This optional was 65 Euro's each.  Food was plentiful, as was the wine.  The weather was gorgeous and we ate outside and large picnic tables.  There were I think about 4 coaches full all in their own areas.  Music played and some folks danced.  A fun night was had by all.  On the way back to our hotel, the folks on the coach sang a rousing chorus of Sweet Caroline.  As Francis said, wine helps people relax.


14 comments:

  1. Sorry your room was so disappointing, but everything else turned out well. I love your dinner in the hills, with lots of food and wine.

    Have a fabulous day and week. ♥

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    1. Dinner was lots of fun. Sorry we didn't get pictures. Thanks for the visit.

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  2. Thanks for stopping by my Musings blog, however you found it!

    I have NOTHING as interesting as a tour of (parts of) Italy! Wow! It looks amazing - the food, the amazing art and history, the wine...!

    I have an uncle that lives in the northern part of Italy, actually: Bergamo. He's on his third wife and she's Italian. They met when he was in Italy for a visit when he was 18. After a lifetime of various marriages, they managed to reconnect, and he opted to move. He must be there, oh, about a dozen year now, so it seems to agree with him. :-)

    All the best.

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    1. Kea...would like to make it back to your blog, but you didn't leave the link with our comment. When I click on your name I get your profile page, but no link to a blog there.

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  3. thanks for visiting Wordsplash. I enjoyed an Italy tour a few years ago. Not enough time in Florence - so much art to see and enjoy. Sounds like your tour was enjoyable

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    1. Right you are Joanne, not enough time so much to see and enjoy. I hope to go back someday to see things we didn't get to see this time round.

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  4. Nice photos! Hope you're doing well. It's windy and rainy here, too. Take care!

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    1. Thanks for the visit. Sorry to hear you're having our weather also. Ugh...how many days til spring?

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  5. How wonderful that you're able to tour Italy. I've never been there, but one of my uncles was stationed there when he was in the US Navy. It is a beautiful, exciting country, from what I've seen in pictures. Have a blessed trip!

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    1. Thank you Suzanne for the visit. Hope you've been able to learn about Italy a bit from your Uncle.

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  6. Sorry about your hotel room. That's disappointing. I can't imagine trying to work a wheelchair on cobblestones. My teeth are chattering just thinking about it.

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    1. You've got a good feel for situation. It was so hard on the poor lady in the chair, she almost got tossed out a couple of times.

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  7. Sandy, sounds like you had a great dinner. Too bad about the hotel. But, like you said, you only shower and sleep there, but it would have been nice for you to have a view. Were the lights on when you returned after the dinner? Also where did you blog about Venice floods?

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    1. Right you are, would have been nicer. Yes lights were on when we got back so making our way down the hall wasn't an issue beyond the first night right when we arrived. Have a feeling they were on a timing. FB is where I posted the link about the story about flooding in Venice.

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