26.05.2011 28 °C
DAY 5- Florence and San Gimignano
Up and off to the leather store, yes, shopping! A short demo and talk by one of Peruzzi’s employees and then shop, shop, shop. We all did quite well in the huge leather store and John and I are the proud owners of some great Peruzzi leather products. John, of course, was interested in some old things along with a very expensive thing…….a leather golf bag.
Time to wander some Florence streets and visit Ponte Vecchio. This bridge was built in 1300 and now is only a foot bridge with shops on it. It spans the River Arno. Yes, we heard that the river got its name cause there are no fish….I know, bad joke!!!
Afternoon was reserved for a visit to San Gimignano (what a mouthful) but what an amazing 13th century medieval town built on the top of a famous hilltop in Tuscany. These pictures do some justice but being here is the best. All those countrysides from Italy that you see in the movies are real…trust me! This country is amazing….oh and did I mention HOT…today was another scorcher! Loving every minute of it!
Had one of the best gelato’s ever (well, so far) at the square in the maze…yes, the whole place is a maze but all roads lead to the center, sooner or later…so we found out!
JOHN’S NOTES: Full walls around the city to keep out their enemies with large gates to enter and exit. I can’t believe that people are still living in the same buildings today! San Gimignano is nicknamed the medieval Manhattan of Italy. It has these wonderful narrow streets, 3 or 4 story high buildings that go on and on. I should point out that gas is equivalent to $2.12 Canadian for regular. Biera (beer) is between $2 and $5 Euros.
BACK TO ME: We opted out of a dinner in Tuscany tonight for steak and wine so that we can walk down by the river and enjoy our own evening…the last few days have been hectic and we have walked up and down and up and down and it would be interesting to have had a pedometer on. We had a simple dinner watched a very busy runabout working very very efficiently…buses, scooters, motorbikes, smart cars, small cars, regular cars…no trucks, couple utes….ha, ha!