We left Rome for Florence on a rainy morning. It’s strange how Rome had left a ‘wet weather’ mark on me (before the trip, I have always imagine it will be ‘hot’). Adieu Rome, adieu Franklin hotel 🙂
We took a taxi to the train station to board the eurotrain to Florence. Found the process of buying the tickets kind of complicated – bought passes and reserved seats (and pay again!) before the trip, needed to validate each time we utilised one trip etc. Phew. Tips for Singaporeans: we realised that the local travel agency for Rail Europe is Dynasty Travel, so it might be easier to call and ask.
We got first-class seats which were not very different from the second-class seats or so it seemed. Haha. Anyway, we took some pictures on the train but none at the train station – we were feeling a bit lost and trying to figure out how the system works (this being our first ride in Italy) and also a bit anxious about watching our backs/bags (thanks to all the cautionary aka horror stories of theft that we heard from kind souls back home). Haha.
Florence is small, compared to Rome. Most of everything were within walking distance from our hotel (Orto De Medici), a beautiful historic building with a courtyard and spacious rooms. Nice!
Our first stop was to the Florence’s Duomo (The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore). It was raining (I think) so we did not get a picture of the facade. The inside of the Duomo was surprisingly shivering cold but beautiful. Very gothic.
And off we went up to the Dome (one of the many domes/towers we were to conquer in Italy). A thought just came to my mind – what do you think about a vertical marathon in the Duomo? 😛
We wanted to take a leisure stroll around the Duomo. It started raining again, so we decided to sit down for a cuppa.
And then to dinner at Mimmo (opposite our hotel) – it was highly recommended by our hotel. Expensive authetic fare, which did not really went down well with us. Interesting experience though to watch the diners (mostly Italians, I think) around us.
Say cheese! 🙂