Another Day in Florence

December 27 – Florence Day Two

Up at 9am again, I headed out the door with the intention to visit the Uffizi Gallery today. I had heard lines could get extremely long, but after walking right into the Galleria dell’ Accademia I assumed it wasn’t going to be as bad as I’d heard. Well, I arrived a little after 10am and the line was quite long. I waited for about an hour and figured I still had another hour left, so I decided to go to the reservation window and reserved tickets for tomorrow.

Ponte Vecchio, Up Close and Personal by Justin KornWith Uffizi postponed, I walked over to Ponte Vecchio and explored a bit on the other side of the river. I walked to Piazza Pitti, but decided not to go into Palazzo Pitti and Giardino di Boboli since it was 12 EURO and they did not allow photography. Instead, I walked around casually window shopping for awhile. Eventually, I crossed back over the river and found my way to Basilica di Santa Croce.

Santa Croce was actually an interesting church. The entire place seemed to be one big tomb with several plaque like structures set in the ground. It also housed some very famous tombs, as I mentioned yesterday, such as Michelangelo, Dante, Galileo and others. Apparently the church was flooded in 1967 (or so) and was completely restored since.

From there, I stopped for a late lunch (sorry, forgot to write down the name of the place). I decided to go with another prefixed menu consisting of meat lasagna, grilled rib steak, roasted potatoes, and some fresh fruit. The lasagna was good, but the fruit was amazing. They gave me two pieces of citrus fruit that I think were tangerines, but I’m not sure, a pear and an apple. The pear was by far the best pear I have ever had.

After, I headed back to the hotel for a break from the cold and to digest some of the food I just took down. I ended up staying again, relaxing, watching CNN (the only English channel available) for a bit, and packing for my departure for tomorrow.

At around 8pm, I still was not hungry, so I stepped out and grabbed a chocolate waffle before hooking in to the internet for a bit and heading to bed.

Till next time…

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