Venice to Florence

We had a leisurely breakfast and packed and then got the vaporetto to the station on our daily pass from yesterday. Bargain. We were at the station in plenty of time, so we had some coffee and watched the madness that is Venice from the railway station terrace cafe. Nice view there!

Venice views from the train station
Venice views from the train station
Venice views from the train station

The train left on time, but was very full and got more and more delayed as we went along. Lucky we weren’t changing trains anywhere! We got to Florence, where it had been pouring rain minutes before, but stopped when we arrived. 🙂

We found our hotel, right next to the Duomo – it was almost as packed there as it was in Venice! Unbelievable throngs of people everywhere! And we had to take our luggage through it. Uggh.

Views around Florence – the Duomo
Views around Florence – the Duomo

We got to our hotel and checked in. Very nice place, too. We got ourselves sorted and then decided to go and buy a ticket that’s supposed to get you in everywhere and skipping the line. We saw the line at the Accademia and the Duomo as we passed and ended up deciding not to bother at all.

We went and sat down and had a drink, a coffee and a bruchetta between us and were charged a fortune. Ridiculous place with pathetic service. Anyway…I booked us into a restaurant I’d read about with Florentine steaks. Sounded yummy. Then we wandered around for a bit:

Views around Florence
Views around Florence
Views around Florence
Views around Florence
Views around Florence
Views around Florence
Views around Florence
Views around Florence
Views around Florence
Views around Florence
Views around Florence
Views around Florence
Views around Florence

We went down to the river, so I could show Eileen the Ponte Vecchio:

Views around Florence – Ponte Vecchio
Views around Florence – Ponte Vecchio
Views around Florence – Ponte Vecchio
Views around Florence – Ponte Vecchio
Views around Florence – Ponte Vecchio
Views around Florence – Ponte Vecchio
Views around Florence – Ponte Vecchio
Views around Florence – Ponte Vecchio
Views around Florence – Ponte Vecchio
Views around Florence – Ponte Vecchio
Views around Florence – Ponte Vecchio

We headed back towards our hotel, coming past the Piazza della Signoria, where people were still lining up for the Uffizi! We had a look at the statues here:

Views around Florence
Views around Florence – Piazza della Signoria
Views around Florence – Piazza della Signoria
Views around Florence – Piazza della Signoria
Views around Florence – Piazza della Signoria
Views around Florence – Piazza della Signoria
Views around Florence – Piazza della Signoria
Views around Florence – Piazza della Signoria
Views around Florence – Piazza della Signoria
Views around Florence – Piazza della Signoria
Views around Florence – Piazza della Signoria
Views around Florence – Piazza della Signoria
Views around Florence – Piazza della Signoria
Views around Florence – Piazza della Signoria

The light was so nice, I had to get in a few shots of the Duomo:

Views around Florence – the Duomo
Views around Florence – the Duomo
Views around Florence – the Duomo
Views around Florence – the Duomo
Views around Florence – the Duomo

We went back to our hotel and got a little bit dressed up. Eileen looked fabulous!

We got to the restaurant and there were queues waiting to get in without reservations. It had only just opened (7pm) so we were the first people to sit in the vaulted ceilinged room. The waiters were all very attentive and quite flirty. 🙂 It was nice 🙂 The food was fabulous as well. We could barely finish our steaks (about 700g t-bones!), much less the vegetables. The meal was quite expensive, but, well, you only live once. I’ll go on a diet when I get home…

We went back to our hotel, and I took some more photos of the Duomo – by night this time, without the insane crowds:

Views around Florence – the Duomo
Views around Florence – the Duomo
Views around Florence – the Duomo
Views around Florence – the Duomo
Views around Florence – the Duomo
Views around Florence – the Duomo

And then up to the room and some blogging before sleep.

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