Early morning view of the Arno River
Fishing in the Arno River
Another view of the fishermen
View of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo
Courtyard of the Palazzo Vecchio
Inside one of the Medici's private rooms that had secret compartments behind some of the artwork.
The great room in the Palazzo Vecchio
Because we were on a special tour, we got to see the attic of the Palazzo Vecchio. They used a special system to change out the ceiling of the large room shown above. It was pretty incredible!
Old maps, so cool!
In the afternoon we hopped a train out to Lucca, which is such a cute town. We grabbed a snack of tagliate mixta (salami, prosciutto, cheese, and olives). One of Lucca's main attractions is the medieval city walls that have a walking/bike path on top. We rented bikes and did 2 laps around in an hour with breaks to explore the bastions and take pictures. It was a nice break from city sightseeing!
Snack time in Lucca!
Checking out ruins on the city walls
Climbing on the city walls
More city walls
Riding on the city walls was so peaceful
Coming back through town, which had gotten quite busy with pedestrian traffic so we had to walk the bikes.
Afternoon socializing in Lucca
This morning we dove right into the day by being nearly first in line to climb the Duomo's dome. It's 463 stairs to the top, and not for those that dislike cramped quarters or heights! Seeing the dome from the inside was amazing and so was the view from the top!
The paintings on the inside of the dome don't hold back!
Passageway inside the dome
Steep stairs, short ceilings ... claustrophobics beware!
These stairs near the top of the dome were really steep!
We made it!
Looking down on Florence at our hotel room
I got my morning workout!
Damon and views of Florence
We have a few hours to grab a coffee and walk around until we catch the bus to our agriturismo in Greve in Chianti. We think we will love it there and the weather is supposed to be beautiful and still plenty warm enough to take advantage of their pool!