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Toscana 2016 17 Days In Heaven

This year we traveled to Florence Italy on the first leg of our Tuscany trip. We spend 3 nights in Florence, 4 nights in Siena, 4 nights in Montepulicano and 4 nights in Orvieto. Orvieto is in Umbria but so close we lumped in with Tuscany. It was an amazing trip. In Firenze ( Florence) we had an Air BnB in the Oltrano section. It was a 10 minute walk to the Arno river and across the bridge to a most beautiful city. Being just outside of the downtown put us in a quiet neighborhood close several nice restaurants, a small bar ( The Italian Coffee Shop) and a supermarket for miscellaneous items.

We were totally satisfied with Air B&B accommodations on our trip. It was our first experience using them, and will continue to do so in the future. After reading a piece in the NY Times by a woman who was not so thrilled with her accommodations with Air B&B, we made sure our choices had EXCELLENT reviews and we double checked the descriptions for each of the four locations we stayed at. They were all very comfortable and offered a chance to get to know the areas and people very well.

Well Firenze is amazing. Angela and I first visited it in 1998 and I returned last year for 36 hours. This time we walked the city and had a chance to explore the nooks and crannies of the amazing town. I will be updating the blog on all of our stops during the next several weeks.




The Duomo in Firenze - The Basillica of Santa Marie del Fiore

Giotto’s Campanileis a free-standingcampanilethat is part of the complex of buildings that make upFlorence Cathedralon thePiazza del DuomoinFlorence, Italy.

Standing adjacent to theBasilicaofSanta Maria del Fioreand theBaptistry of St. John, the tower is one of the showpieces of the FlorentineGothic architecturewith its design byGiotto, its rich sculptural decorations and thepolychromemarble encrustations.

This slender structure stands on a square plan with a side of 14.45 meters (47.41ft). It attains a height of 84.7 metres (277.9ft) sustained by four polygonalbuttressesat the corners.[1]These four vertical lines are crossed by four horizontal lines, dividing the tower ( Text from Wikipedia)

SInce I climbed the Duomo in 1998, it was time to climb the Canpanile. The views were certainly worth the effort.



View from the Campanile.



The Campanile.from the top of the Duomo, taken in 1998.


Ponte Vecchio the most famous bridge in Italy




More to come, Ufizzi gallery and views of sculpture restorations. So much to see, but the legs eventually give out.

Ciao for now.

Siena from Torre del Mangia

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Greg Speck 2016