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The Steps of Florence

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We were in two minds about visiting Florence - should we go straight to Venice from Rome or take in a stop along the way? We decided to stop, and found a hostel in Tavarnelle, set in the Tuscan hills, around an hour from Florence by bus.

We did a lot of walking in the city - a lot of it up and down various steps. First up was Giotto's Bell Tower.


The 400 or so steps were worth it for the stunning 360 degree view of the city that met us at the top.


Next up was Piazzale Michelangelo, from where we got great views of the river and of the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge).


We arrived at the bus station at around 4pm - earlier than we expected - so asked when the next bus to Tavarnelle was. Just the last bus of the day, at 19.50, he said - there was a strike. Great. However, we hung around on the off-chance that the 17.05 bus that we'd caught yesterday would show up anyway. It did. If there was a strike, clearly no one had thought to tell the bus drivers.

Posted by shoestring 12:29 Archived in Italy Tagged tower bus italy bridge florence giotto

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Excellent photos of Florence, one of our favourite places. We also walked to Piazzale Michelangelo, where we saw those beautiful views of the river and of the Ponte Vecchio. It was very near to where we were staying. Looks like the weather has been great since you left Paris. Love you lots Mum xx

by Hazel Eldridge

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