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Report 1316: European Travel Back When - 1964

By Marian from New Jersey, Summer 1995

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Page 10 of 20: .... But a Week in Florence Is Not Really Enough

It's Saturday, June 27, and a busy day for sightseeing. In the morning, J and I see the Duomo, the Baptistery (the doors!!!) and a small church. The exterior of the Duomo, with its colored marble, amazes me. Florence has so much art!

In the afternoon, a little shopping in the market. I buy a passport case (IL 1600) and a pair of sandals (IL 2900). J and I have dinner outdoors with her friend Gary at a place where there is singing. We enjoy the food, the music and the wine.

Sunday is for the Uffizi, which has more art than I have ever seen before. The Del Sarto "Madonna of the Harpies", Honthorst, Caravaggio, Raphael ---- their works are all there, all the slides I've seen in college art class in real life. Then, after a respite in the Boboli Gardens, we visit the Church of Santa Maria Novella, which has beautiful frescoes.

Tonight we go to a football (really soccer) game, which is preceded by a procession in full 16th-century dress. These events are to celebrate a festival (San Giovanni), and are extremely impressive.

Today (Monday) being a festival day, most of the museums are closed. So we get on a bus and head up to Fiesole, where we have a beautiful view of Florence. The yellowish buildings with their red roofs, the surrounding hills in the distance, partly mist-covered ---- all in all a lovely sight. We buy some fruit and sandwiches and eat lunch in the middle of a Roman theater, which is still being used. Even the arches are still standing!

We return to Florence in the afternoon, and practice fighting off (by ignoring) Italian men. On the via Castellani, we have a really good prezzo fisso dinner for IL 500. Our plan for tomorrow, Tuesday, is to spend it swimming at the "piscina", weather permitting.

The weather permits, and we spend most of the day at the "Bella Riva", which is quite nice. The pool is full of signs warning of the danger of swimming fewer than three hours after eating. By the end of the day, I am even more suntanned, which I have learned to call "bronzata." Dinner is again at the 500 lire prezzo-fisso place. I hear from D, who is to meet me in Rome on July 4. I make a reservation for the four of us (D and S, J and me) at the convent hotel we had previously decided on.

It's the last day of June. I've been traveling for a month and have spent four days in Florence. Still so much is left to see!

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