Italy Day 5 and 6: Florence

Day five started breakfast with at The Pirate and a train trip through Carrara to Florence. It took forever to find our bed and breakfast, the B&B Galileo 2000, but it was great: a comfy bed in a spacious room, in what looked like an old merchant's palace.

We had an appointment at the Uffizi Gallery that afternoon, so after a power nap, we ogled the art until our feet hurt from standing around. Wonderful stuff, just a bit crowded with tourists and overwhelming to try and take it all in.

That evening, we picked a restaurant near our place from the ubiquitous Rick Steves guidebook and had a delicious meal: veggie soup, spinach, truffle pasta, and veal. Jim and Joyce, an American couple on their honeymoon, sat next to us, and we ended up walking around Florence that night with them, exploring. I already wished we would be spending more time in this city.

The next day we got up relatively early and headed to another art gallery appointment, this time at the Galleria dell'Accademia. Here was a much more manageable portion of art, with the highlight being Michelangelo's David. The paintings and other sculptures were well worth taking some time to see, too.

We explored the side streets and shops away from the tourist attractions. Betsy fell into a conversation with a woman she bought earrings from while I waited outside holding her döner sandwich and mine, trying to hold back from devouring hers.

That afternoon, we rolled our suitcases halfway across town, covering more unexplored ground on the way to the train station. Our trip then continued deeper into Tuscany and on to the town of Siena, where we'd spend the next four nights.

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