Our Walking Tour in Florence with My Tours
Our Walking Tour in Florence. We arrived in Florence, Italy in the afternoon. Naturally we exited the train station on the opposite side where we should have exited. The 12-minute walk to our hotel took 25 minutes. The sidewalks and pavement was remarkably smooth. There was not a paver or brick out of place.
Our room at Hotel Casa del Lago is on the top floor facing the Arno River. The bathroom was for honeymooners, I think. The room had a king bed, closet, TV, bidet, sink, and a radiator that was seldom turned on. I think is has something about Europeans being allergic to heat.
We headed out to explore the town. We were next to the American Consulate and very safe with armed Italian guards. It was a little early for dinner European time, thus a couple of restaurants suggested by Antonio, our hotelier were not open yet. We find a nice place with pizza, salad and wine for about 12 euro each.
After our day in Tuscany, we went on a walking tour of Florence. We met our guide Veronica at My Tours Italy and took off on a 90 minute tour that lasted over two hours.
We learned about the Medici family where the word medicine originates. The family owned three buildings and were bankers and doctors.
We stopped by a school for budding sculptors and the church where Michelangelo dissected bodies to learn anatomy. One side of the school was glass open to street. No one was chiseling while we were there.
The cathedral had a marble facade of three different types to get the correct color rendering. Green, white and rose colored marble adorns the facade which was usually the last part of a church finished. Veronica said that the church was 140 meters long. It was long, but I am not sure it was longer than a football field. The baptistry was a separate building next to the cathedral.
The Medici family built a bridge above the streets so they did not have to walk in the filth of the day. Veronica tells us that the original family had 16 children and today there are no known descendants alive. The last Medici passed in the late 1800s.
In the evening I had lasagna and Shirley had spaghetti with salad and wine. Our walking tour in Florence came to an end.