Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Ciao! We had a great time in Florence. The weather was fantastic - sunshine, blue skies and t-shirts in late October. I did get bitten by mosquitos despite my preventative measures, but you can't have everything. We were only there for a few days so there was a limit to what we could do. I think I could spend a year there and still not have seen it all but we did visit the major churches: Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce, San Lorenzo and the Brancacci Chapel at Santa Maria del Carmine, as well as climbing to the top of the Duomo and spending a morning in the Uffizi Gallery. DS was very keen on seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa so we took a day trip there. I had been before so I knew what to expect but the rest of the family were surprised at how small it is. I would really recommend going to Florence in October - the weather is still good but you don't get the crowds and the uncomfortable heat of high summer.

This picture of the city was taken from the Piazzale Michelangiolo - I do of course have many more photos but it has taken me about 7 tries to upload this one so I think I'll quit while I'm ahead and go off and read all those blog entries that I've missed.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Neat - I made it to Florence & Venice once upon a time ago.... (I was too young to appreciate it.)

Libby said...

Looks gorgeous -- traveling in October is the best. Looking forward to more of your pictures.

anne bebbington said...

Looks fabulous - the group of friends we usually October break with just came back from Krakow and said it was superb - we didn't go this year as new house/higher mortgage means funds are too tight - will pass on Florence as a suggestion to them as it's usually October and it's always nice to get in a bit of sunshine before winter sets in

Clare said...

Welcome back. You certainly had gorgeous weather and that photo is lovely. Did you find any "must have" fabric on your travels?

Tonya R said...

what a marvelous trip. I had a similar experience when I first saw the Mona Lisa - it's soooo small.

Finn said...

Hi Fiona, welcome home *VBS* So wonderful to hear you had a nice time. I would love to get to Italy..not sure I ever will, but I am hoping.
Now to get back in the groove..right? Hugs, Finn

Linda_J said...

Gorgeous picture and shame of blogger for not letting you show more of them. Glad that you had a good trip and are home safely.

Ali Honey said...

Glad you are safely back and had a pleasant time. If Blogger lets you please show us some more photos, I might never get there!

Anonymous said...

Hi Fiona..
I made it to Florence this August and also been to Roma, la Citta Eterna, ancient Orvieto. Italia.... what can I say? BELLISSIMA ITALIA! The picture you put made me to quickly ready my baggages and then hit to road again in Italia:)

Hello and Greetings to you from Istanbul, Turkey.

Nicole

Shelina said...

Thank you for sharing these pictures of Italy. I was there once about 20 years ago, and it brings back fond memories. I would love to see it again.