Tuscany 2019-Day 4

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On this day we decided to drive into Sienna’s train station and take the train to Florence. D and I remembered Italian train service as a pleasant way to travel. With these 2 handsome guys as our escorts, we  were in good hands.

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Our first order of business was finding a place to have lunch. D and I loved Giovani’s when we visited 4 years ago and the their pasta was just as memorable. It’s location right on the square in front of the Duomo was superb.

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Directly in the foreground is the baptistery which was covered in scaffolding when we visited last. The combination of the buildings and the square itself is stunning and is one of the most visited places in all of Europe.

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When D and I had visited Florence previously we missed seeing Michelangelo’s David at the Academie Gallery.

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Florence Angel

Other less famous pieces were still breathtaking.

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And here was the “perfect man” himself. I had seen David when I was in my early twenties and visiting Europe for my first time. I could truly say that I didn’t appreciate the masterpiece the way I did on this visit.

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Strolling back to the Duomo, we enjoyed the sun from a different angle of the cathedral.

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Waiting in line to enter the Duomo, gave us an up close opportunity to admire the magnificent façade.

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As splendid as the façade was, I was kind of underwhelmed by the interior.  The Duomo back in Sienna was far more splendid in my opinion.

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While we were in the cathedral, the sun had sunk even further.

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Just steps away, you could hire a carriage ride. The ancient and present day advertising struck me with its stark contrast.

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We reconvened at Giovani’s again for a favourite Italian cocktail-apero spritzes. We made our way back to the train station and got onto a packed train. As we got closer and close to Sienna though the crowds thinned out.

Florence day salad

florence day pizza

The evening was another gorgeous one and we ordered salad and pizza to enjoy on our terrace.

Kath’s quote: “Sharing adventures means enjoying them 100% more.”-author unknown

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Love never fails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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