We loaded up the bus again this morning and headed just about four hours south to Florence. As we stepped off the bus, we were greeted by a 102 degree day and the sun beating down on a cloudless day.
After a short time to settle into the hotel, we headed out on a guided walking tour of Florence, or as they call it in Italy, Firenze. We met up with our guide, Nicco, at the Duomo and set out for our hour and a half jaunt around the city.
The Duomo is an amazing sight and took more than 150 years to complete. It was so huge and tucked into the buildings that it was impossible to take a photo of the entire building. From there, we stopped by the museum where the statue of David resides and took some time to enjoy the many marble and bronze sculptures that fill the area around the Palazzo Vecchio.
We then headed another couple of blocks down the street to the Piazza di S. Croce, where the Basilla of Santa Croce is. The church is where many famous artists, philosophers and writers from Florence are buried, including Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and Marconi.
Following the walking tour, we broke for dinner and a nice evening stroll in Florence.
Tomorrow we will have a little time in the morning for shopping and to see more of the sights before hopping back on the bus to go to Rome, our final stop on the tour, for three nights.