Florence Redux

The Campanile, at the Florence Duomo.

The Campanile, at the Florence Duomo.

Lorenzo Ghiberti's beautiful three-dimensional Gates of Paradise from the 1400s.

Lorenzo Ghiberti’s beautiful three-dimensional Gates of Paradise from the 1400s.

It was an easy hour train ride into Florence from Livorno. Advance info said all trains were at 12 minutes after the hour – but we caught one about 15 minutes earlier. Italian trains are always a bit of an experience and you have to validate your tickets prior to each trip (or you get a hefty fine); I had read to look for the yellow machines. PS, they are all green and they don’t all work.  Another note, you still have to pay a Euro to use the toilet at the Florence station – an annoying blast from the past.

We enjoyed visiting Florence again and just walking . . . a little shopping at the San Lorenzo market, seeing the statuary at the Loggia dei Lanzi, strolling by Dante’s church and museum, and time to see the beautiful bronze doors (actually a replica) at the Baptistery of San Giovanni. Lunch overlooking the Ponte Vecchio and, of course, chocolate gelato.

The day fittingly ended with an AzAmazing evening at Livorno’s historic Goldoni Theater and a performance by three tenors singing Italian opera favorites.

Grazie Azamara.

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About KFBuchsbaum

A lover of words, learning something new every day, exploring new places, and meeting people from different cultures is what feeds my spirit. One significant thing I learned from my years in market research is that time away from an experience dilutes the memories.  You lose the highs and lows and end up with middle-of-the-road impressions.  The reason I started to blog, was to capture experiences real-time, in the moment.  I hope my moments help you relive some of your own great adventures or maybe plan some new.

Posted on October 6, 2014, in Cruising, Europe, Historic Interest, Italy and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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