We devoted this day to just exploring Florence visiting the Duomo, Ponte vechhio, Boboli gardens, Galleria academia. Florence has its own charm as a small place depicting renaissance architecture was packed with tourists at this time. The Duomo which is the huge red dome, the landmark here and visible from almost every corner of the city. Walking thru the ponte vechhio which is a bridge over water and lined with miles of jewelry shops, good place for buying Italian leather. The small gold shops lined on both sides of the street was an amazing sight. The galleria de Academia is a small museum which houses Michelangelo’s David. David’s statue was at the end of the hallway and truly mesmerizing even to Sudhir who is totally not interested in any museum.
As our train leaves for Florence, we come outside the huge city hustle bustle and move on to more simple life with fields and vineyards stretched far.Calm and relaxing country side with green fields and mountains.Its late winter and spring is about to arrive. Can see the greenery about to peek in the plains. Florence is a small place and has its own charm. We went to see the Leaning tower of Pisa, which is an hour and half train journey out from Florence.The regional trains giving an insight of local Italian life.The leaning tower is almost 25 mins walk from Pisa centrale station. As we arrived the site it was great to see this leaning tower and learn about the history. Truly one of the seven wonder’s of the world. That completes 2 of the seven wonders in one year. First the Golden Gate bridge and now this leaning tower of pisa. Wo hooo!!!!
Italy is like no other place on this planet. How much ever you read and view it on travel channel , you have to visit to get the real feel. Here is our travelogue on our seven day trip to this enchanting country.
Day 1- Rome
As our flight approached the Flumicino airport in Rome I got a perfect bird’s eye view of of a spectacular terrain of green grasslands and small hilltops and towns sprawled around.Exiting FCO airport reminded Me and Sudhir of going back home to Mumbai where as soon as you exit the airport there are cabbies and tourist guides waiting to take you around for a ride. Travelling in Italy is all about trains, this country is connected very well by its train network. We take a train to Rome ie Roma Termini. We meet my cousin sis who also accompanied us in our trip. Our hotel was a train hop from Rome station. As we got out of the train station and started walking towards our hotel, I was so happy to finally get to walk to places. Europe is great in this context of building walkable cities. We visited the Trevi fountain and did the ritual of throwing a penny into it:) which guarantees a visit back here, score!!!Next we walked towards the Pantheon, was amazed by the massive scale of this structure. We started walking towards the Spanish steps and could not imagine the sea of people. I wondered if this is what March looks like, then in summer there wont be any place to walk!!!