Tuesday, December 4, 2012


June 27, 2012
Betty and I arrived in Florence and naturally got lost as soon as we exited the train station on the wrong side!  It was so hot (100+) that by the time we got to Hotel Alessandra I was ready to pass out!  Our first stop was to buy the Florence Card which allowed us to skip the long lines at the Uffizi Gallery and free rides on city buses.  It is only a few minutes walk from our hotel to the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio so off we went!  Next to the art gallery is the Piazza della Signoria with an amazing collection of statuary, including a copy of Michelangelo's David.

We then walked across the Ponte Vecchio, found a place to eat (I was not impressed with the food here) and then walked back to the hotel via Friends Pub where we stopped for a nightcap at an Irish pub of course!
Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio at night
Friends Pub
Borgo SS Apostoli where Hotel Alessandra is located