Thursday, 1 June 2017


Today we were in Florence. The city of Florence was once the Capitol of Rome and the Medici family were the most famous and influential in the city.

We were immersed in art at the Uffizi gallery with an excellent guide named Roberto who had a degree in art history.

The gallery was  built in 1560, once a place of business it is now home to the greatest collection of paintings and sculptures. We concentrated on the most famous done by Michelangelo, DaVinci and Botticelli. We gained a great appreciation for these masterpieces.

After our visit we walked with our guide to Holy Cross square where we met Silvia and went to a restaurant for lunch.

It was there that Margaret discovered that she had been the victim of a pic pocket.  Her small wallet was gone and so was her water bottle which had been at the top of her purse. Fortunately there was not a lot of money stolen but it is still upsetting. A quick call to the credit card company to cancel cards and order a replacement and we were back underway.

It was free time which many of us used to shop. Florence has beautiful leather work and many of us are coming home with new purses.

On our way out of Florence,Fabio took us to a place else with the most beautiful view of the city. It was a lovely way to conclude our day in Florence.
The traffic was bad going back to the hotel but the drive gave us all time to rest from all the walking.   We have been walking many miles every day.


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