Sunday, November 8, 2009

Around & About Florence

We took a train from Venice to Florence. Now, we bought the our train ticket just the day before in Venice. It wasn’t because we were pushing our luck, but we had problems buying the train tickets from the USA. And since they were plenty of trains going into Florence everyday, we weren’t too worried about it and decided to buy the tickets almost there and then. We bought second class train tickets onboard EuroStar which cost us Euro 148 total, that about Euro 37 per person. The train was super clean, super comfy and pretty fast!

We got into Florence about 2-1/2 or 3 hours later. After getting off the huge train station, we figured how to get to apartment agency to pick up our keys and off we went! We had a bad experience with the apartment and the agency in Florence which we booked through I might share my agony on a separate post.

Anyways, after FINALLY getting into the apartment and washing up…we wandered around Florence. We walked everywhere in Florence and was trying to get used to the many motorcycles on the street. It felt like home (Malaysia) again as motorcycles were everywhere!!! Florence is filled with plenty  museums for those of you who’s into art and history. And since Florence is located in Tuscany, the wine region…. you’re not far from the nearest winery. We took this to our advantage and scheduled a tour to Chianti, a famous wine making region.

As much as some of us wanted to head to Pisa to see the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, there’s only as much time we have during our trip. We had to leave that out, unfortunately. Perhaps, we’ll return to Italy one day and visit Pisa!

After 3 days and 2 nights, hours of walking in Florence, and many bottles of Chianti we headed to our very next destination…ROMA (Rome)!

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