Walking Tour of Florence, and Yes, More Gelato

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Our walking tour guide in Florence
Our walking tour guide in Florence

It took a lot to get everyone out of bed this morning after staying up until about midnight watching Gladiator, and we didn’t even finish it! We ran out the door around 10:55 to make an 11 am walking tour about 10 minutes away. We got to the Santa Maria Novella Church about 5 minutes late and the tour had just started. The first few walking tours we have taken were 8 – 15 people. This one was about 40 people and the tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable. We started at the church and walked through a number of important areas of the city, including Republic Square, the Cathedral area (home of the Duomo) and the area near the Uffizi Museum. We met some nice people in the group, including a young exchange student from Hungary who promised to forward some highlights for our stay in Budapest.

The Duomo, still the 3rd largest church in the world
The Duomo, still the 3rd largest church in the world

After the walking tour we went looking for lunch. I checked YELP! and found the #1 sandwich shop in Florence, which was less than .2 miles from where we were. We headed in that direction and found the shop and the food looked amazing. The only problem was that the line looked to be about an hour long. It was crazy and no one in our group wanted to wait on line, no matter how good the sandwiches are. Obviously there were others that disagreed or the line wouldn’t be so long! So, we found a little restaurant with pasta and pizza and ducked in for lunch. Overall it was a nice meal, but we’ve had better in Italy.

Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River
Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River

We then took the kids on a walk down the Arno River to look at the Ponte Viccheo and find the top rated gelato shop in Florence called La Carraia. We arrived at the shop and each ordered and spent the next 15-20 minutes standing on one of the bridges across the Arno admiring the scenery and enjoying our gelato. It was a good moment and we all enjoyed the view. We walked back to the apartment and are having a relaxing afternoon. We will have a quiet dinner in the apartment and then wake up early tomorrow to drive through Tuscany and see Pisa, home of the leaning tower.

Another gelato run in Florence.
Another gelato run in Florence.

To a life well lived!


2 thoughts on “Walking Tour of Florence, and Yes, More Gelato

    Barbara Steinberg said:
    April 20, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Enjoy your travel log and pictures. What happened to the teacher that was with you?
    Looks like everyone is happy and well. Can’t wait for the next chapter in your journey.

      larrykesslin responded:
      April 21, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks for keeping up with our travels. As for the teacher, she got home sick in Greece and decided to go home about three weeks ago. In the end everything happens for a reason and we are having an amazing time traveling through Europe. Hope all is well with you and your family. Tell them all hello from Italy 🙂

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