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Tuscany Italy September 2013

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A great holiday in Tuscany Italy, in some of the best weather Italy could offer and also some great countryside. We started off from Gatwick airport and headed for the City of Pisa, there we had our first problem trying to work out the Italian Trains. I gave up after a few minutes and decided to catch the bus from the Airport to Florence a journey of about 1:20min. When we arrived at Santa Maria train station it was only a few minutes walk to our Hotel that was situated just behind the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge. This old bridge, is probably one of the most visited tourist hot spots in Forence, on the bridge you will now find expensive Jewellery shops. Our hotel was soon found and we checked into our room, and to our delight the hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio turned out to be a right gem and we could not fault it. The first planned tour was with a company we have used a few times before DarkRome, the first part of the trip consisted off a tour of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. The dome which is probably the most striking landmark on the Florence skyline has to be seen from the inside, it is covered with Frescoes and you have sculptures inside that are breathtaking. The next stop was in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze where we saw David by Michelangelo, a must see if you visit Florence
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Then we visited the Uffzi, which is huge and you can lose hours in here, as we did. If you enjoy art galleries this is the place to visit with works by
Giotto, Raphael, Botticelli, Leonardo de Vinci and many more its a great visit but purchase skip the line tickets before you go as the queues are massive. With the galleries out of the way the next day we set off on a tour of Tuscany with visits to the old Towns of Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa. Siena was the first port of call and we were not disappointed with great buildings and the worlds oldest bank that is still in use. Every year within the main Piazza Del Campo they hold the famous Palio horse races, these are a strange and very old tradition that I have not got time to explain here, however it did seem very exciting and we would love to go and watch. After Siena we stopped at a Vineyard for lunch and to do some wine tasting I have never been a connoisseur of wine but I gave it my best shot and drunk a fair bit, the result they all tasted of wine! We tried to keep awake after the liquid lunch mixed with the 35c heat outside and headed for the old medieval town of San Gimignano this fine old town is worth the visit and has many attractions including Italys best Ice Cream shop. The last stop off was Pisa to see the famous leaning tower.

The rest of the Holiday was planned by us and we visited many sites and old towns and Museums, trips to Lucca, Fiesole both during the day and night, and all the sites Florence had to offer, it would take to long to type it all up so we done a small video on youtube to watch and also some pictures to bore you with. Well it was a great holiday and i am now planning the next trip out later on in the year.