September 21, 2012 | Filed under: Uncategorized

We have just returned from Florence in Italy – or Firenze as it is called by the locals. What a momumental experience! While there, we travelled to Cinque Terre, which is a world heritage site. 5 villages, which at one time were only accessible by boat. Now by train, bus and hiking. My husband and the couple we travelled with walked the entire trail connecting the 5 villages. This trail would be considered difficult. I managed 2 villages and then spent the rest of the time reading. 🙂

Pictured is the village that we stayed at – Manarola. On a cliff as are the other villages. Vehicles which are tiny are only allowed in the a.m. with deliveries otherwise it is walking.
We also travelled to Siena, Lucca (a walled city) and San Gimignagno which was known for 72 towers but now has only 14. The Tuscan countryside was breathtaking.

While in Florence, we stayed in an apartimento which was within walking distance to all the important sites. We saw the David by Michelangelo, visited the Uffizi Palace with its incredible art work, and also the Pitti Palazzo which was home to the Medicis among others. There we saw royal apartments, artwork, gardens, and a costume gallery.
The shopping was excellent and I am happy to say that I have returned with beautiful silver for my pieces, plus some gemstones and lots of inspiration.

Posted by Stephanie @ 12:20 pm

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