Saturday, April 10, 2010

Our Trip- Next Stop: Florence

After our 4 days in Rome, we will be taking a train to Florence for another 4 nights. I still can not believe that this real. To plan an itinerary and think about us in Italy is just surreal, but fascinating none the less.

The train ride will be about a 2 and a half to 3 hour ride. We have decided to take the slower trains to enjoy the scenery and take time to take it all in. When we arrive, we will first check into our hotel. From there, it is undecided. We plan on taking a couple of day trips to Siena and Pisa. I have heard that Pisa technically only takes a couple of hours, so I thought that maybe after we got checked into our hotel, we could just jump back on a train straight to Pisa and experience that for the afternoon. If we did this, we would have another full day to experience Florence, which is much bigger than Pisa. If we don't do this, then we will only have 1 and a half days in Florence. I believe this will be a last minute decision depending on how tired we are and what else is going on.

This blog is focused around Florence and what we plan to see while we are there. As of right now, this is what I have:
Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Reubblica
Piazzale Michelangelo
Palazzo Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio
The Duomo
The Baptistery
Santa Croce
Santa Maria Novella Church
San Lorenzo Church
San Miniato
Church of St. Trinity
Church of San Marco

Obviously, we most likely will not be able to do all of this, but I would rather have everything on the list placed in order by importance. That way we see the most fascinating things first, then go on from there. How exciting?!

So, I mentioned our day trips to Pisa and Siena.
People say that Pisa is worthless (only because you can see it in about 1 hour or so), but if you are in the area you should stop by. Well, technically we will be in the area, but I am not sure I would want to waste a whole day in Pisa (hence the half day as soon as we arrive in Florence). So our plans for Pisa are literally just to see The Leaning Tower, of course. Nothing more really stands out to us.

Siena is in the Tuscany Valley, which I am HUGE on going to for the wines and scenery. They also have a few things for sightseeing, which include, the duomo, Mangia Tower, Basilica di San Domenico, and Piazza del Campo.

Now, this makes our trip halfway planned!!

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