One Hour in Florence

For our 10th Anniversary we booked a flight from the US to Rome and back from Paris.  We spent 4-5 days in each of the bookend cities but the middle of the trip had 3 nights in 3 different cities as part of an epic road, rail and plane journey to Paris.  Day 1 of this trip found us renting a car at a Rome train station.  We needed to be at our rental house in Vernazza in the Cinque Terra at 3.  By our calculations we had about an hour to spend somewhere along the way.  Based on the map it was a battle between Pisa and Florence.  Pisa never really had a chance since all we knew about it was a leaning tower.  We know there is more to Pisa than this but I digress.

Piazza Della Signoria you can see a replica of the statue of David

Garage Ponte Vecchio if you need to park a car in a pinch in Old Florence this is the place for you

After 3 plus hours of driving through the Italian countryside we find out selves at Garage Ponte Vecchio. 20 Euros to park all day or in our case 20 Euros for the hour.  Worth it!  We are now on the clock.  We walk across the Ponte Vecchio, window shopping along the way.  As we leave the bridge we look for a quick lunch.  A deli is selling Panni and Waffles.  While the Waffle is more of a Belgian treat it hit the spot.  We walked around the square and the Duomo as we ate our lunch.  I will be first to tell you 1 hour is not enough time to spend here if you have just an hour it can be done.  We only saw the outside of the Duomo and the outside of the Baptistry.  Both were amazing, we will be back to see the inside of each building not to mention all the museums and good food that we missed.  From here we shopped our way back to the Ponte Vecchio.  After we crossed the bridge we found a pastry shop.  After a quick stop here we were back on the road racing toward Vernazza and the best Focaccia we have ever had…

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