Finally, the last part of my trip report... Florence...
So sorry that the final part of my trip report is not live. We had a busy day in Firenze and then the early flight home.
Anyways, here is my story about our very short one day in Florence... Luckily, it was our third time, so having just one day did not break my heart completely.
On May 1st, we reluctantly left charming Villa Grazianella and drove to Florence, to our hotel “AC Firenze Marriott”. Nice, modern, sparkling clean hotel, but the area is “gloom and doom”. We decided on it because of my Marriott points, garage, outside of ZTL location... and did not care much about anything else: we were there to sleep only. After very quick check in, we started walking to the center. The walk was not too bad: it took us only 15 minutes to get to Ognissanti. The church was closed, but the lovely cloisters were opened and, to my surprise, the room with Ghirlandaio’s Last Supper was also opened. What a magnificent painting! I was not even aware of the fact that it’s home is Ognissanti... Great beginning of our busy day!
It started raining...my husband hates rain, but I could not care less. Florence is beautiful in the rain...
Our next stop was my favorite “not to miss” in Florence: Church of Santa Maria Novella. Unexpectedly, we spent more time than planned there because I was exploring every chapel. As I always do... Our plans for lunch were sacrificed... I was enjoying art and my husband was munching something on the way from one attraction to another. He was not happy... and I was incredibly happy. I did not need any food, I did not mind rain, I could not care less about the crowds... I was in Firenze... this was all that mattered.
Our next stop was carefully planned and I dreamed about it for long ... the Bargello Museum for the first time! We have never been! We bought tickets easily and even had to wake up the lady, whose job was to sell tickets. She was taking a nap.😊. To say that the Bargello is a treasure is an understatement... It is THE gem of all gems. The ground floor statues are amazing, but the Donatello’s and Vercocchio’s room is truly one of a kind. I was trying to decide what David is my favorite and finally settled on the Donatello’s marble version. And his Saint George is absolutely magnificent... Also, I enjoyed delightful Andrea della Robbia maiolicas so much... And absolutely amazing elaborate ebony and coral miniatures... gorgeous! I did not want to leave, but my husband was starving, so we went to a very early dinner in the nearby restaurant “Gusto Leo” - complete waste of time and money, a tourist trap which does not even deserve mentioning.
After pretty disappointing meal, we decided to walk in the rain, went to Piazza del Duomo, to magnificent Battistero, then to Piazza Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, my beloved Orsanmichele ... all of them were closed, but we had been there before, so I was OK with it. What I was not OK with, was my stupid decision to walk in the rain to Palazzo Pitti and then to Santa Croce...both were closed, both we had visited before... We should have gone to the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, where we have never been. I am heartbroken... to miss such a treasure trove of art... I cannot forgive myself for that...
Oh well... the rain intensified... it was around 8 PM, so we stopped at the loveliest pasticceria near Palazzo Pitti, bought delightful sfogliatella pastries and started walking back to the hotel, where we enjoyed our pastries with Vino Nobile and cheese. And this was all.. Our fabulous trip came to an end... We quickly packed and went to bed.
In the morning, we had a bit of a surprise: Hertz office is not located at the airport and we did not know it! Luckily, our loyal friend Waze saved us: we found the rental office, dropped off the keys, reluctantly said good bye to our Alfa Romeo Giulia, and took a shuttle to the airport. Our flight was very good, right on time... luckily, Air France was not on strike, and we made it home safely.
What a trip we had! Everything was so perfect... I would like to thank all of you who helped us so much! Our gratitude goes to amazing Vagabonda, lastraniera, Scozzese, tepore, Venerosi, Kuroneko_89, Tongo79, ladybracknell, Pericoloso, Eddie, Ziggy, maudsters, Anna G., and my new travel buddy, Ariel... and everyone who was so incredibly helpful!
Happy travels everyone!