I continue to be amazed by the beauty of these old cities. Walking around Florence (Firenze) is like a history lesson. After taking a night train from Vienna, we arrived in Florence at 6:30 in the morning. We had reserved a hotel room near the train station and went directly to the hotel after getting off the train. Unfortunately, we were unable to check in early (I would have been really shocked if we were able to check in at 7 a.m.) Even though we couldn't check in, the hotel staff let us store our big suitcases in a room off the lobby. After nine days on the road, we had one administrative task to complete in Florence--Laundry. Luckily, an american who has lived in Florence for the last 10 years, opened a laundramat near the train stain. Sixty minutes later, we had washed, dried and folded our laundry. Now we were ready to start exploring the new city.
The view from the top of the top of Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore--The Duomo. The view was worth the dizzying climb