The sun was hot and the mood was high and here I am enjoying my walk over the Ponte Vecchio. Once you go over the bridge from the main square, you follow the road through to the Pitti Palace and take in the famous Boboli Gardens....did that, loved it!!
Take a Break
If you have been walking and sightseeing all day, I recommend taking a nice break under the Loggia near Palazzo Vechio and the Uffizi. There, you can sit under the loggia's roof and get away from the sun and give your feet a rest. If you are lucky, then there may be an art class learning about one of the sculptures in the loggia and you can sit close enough to listen. If not, pick a sculpture and sit and look at it for a bit. Or you can sit facing the piazza in front of the loggia and people watch. Either way, it will give a welcome respite from a long day of sightseeing. If you are an artist, you can take out your own sketchpad and draw one of the sculptures. I sat and journaled for a bit. It was nice to be able to at least jot down some notes from my busy day so I wouldn't forget all that I had seen. You can even use the time to look at a map or your guidebook to plan your next destination. Either way, the loggia is a nice place to relax a bit out of the sun and just enjoy Florence. One thing you should note is that you cannot eat or drink under there. There are guards that make sure you are not disobeying the rules and they are quite loud in letting you know what you can and cannot do. Even if you don't want to relax under the loggia, I still recommend a visit. Michaelangelo's "Rape of the Sabines" is such a powerful sculpture in and of itself, it is definitely worth the trip. It is so life-like, where the mans hand is on the Sabine's thigh is so real, the sculpture indents as skin would.
Souvenirs and clothing?
We were taken there by our tour company. In this shop you find all kinds of souvenirs, bags, suitcases, clothing, jewlery, etc. Prices were high, I can't lie, but they have very nice stuff.
I bought an apron for my mom, it was very cute but expensive (7€)
Fly to Pisa (PSA)
Galileo Galilei airport in Pisa has become one of the busiest destinations for lowcost airlines in Italy. Ryanair now connects Pisa to London (STN), Glasgow Prestwick, Hamburg-Lubeck, Liverpool, Brussels Charleroi, Girona Barcelona and Frakfurt-Hahn.
Easyjet flies to Paris Orly and Berlin Schoenefeld, Hapag Lloyd Express takes you to Berlin Tegel, Hanover, Stuttgart and Cologne-Bonn. Basiqair flies to Amsterdam and Norwegian to Oslo.
Seasonal flights to Coventry, Bournemouth and Doncaster Sheffield are available with Thomsonfly .
Most major airlines, including Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, and Lufthansa (by means of an affiliate, Air Dolomiti) also serve the port.
A train is available from the airport to Pisa and Florence: tickets can be purchased at the tourist information office, the train departs on the opposite side of the terminal. Remeber to punch your tickets in one of the yellow machines before boarding the train. The cost of the ride to Florence is EUR 5 one way, travel time is one hour and twenty minutes. Pisa airport (PSA) is a better facility than its Florence (FLR) competitor, and it's easier to get to the center of Florence from PSA than it is from FLR.
Terravision, a Ryanair partner, offers an express bus connection to Florence (SMN train station) for EUR 7.50 one way or EUR 12 round trip. For schedule information and tickets visit Ryanair , click on "Destinations" then on "Express bus connections".
A lot more than 31 flavours!
The Festival has over 30 flavours of gelato--some that I've never seen before! Want Snickers in ice cream form? This is the place for you. It is located right in the middle of the tourist area and is always full. There are a few tables but it is mostly order-and-go. They do sell water and soft drinks (Fanta, Coke, etc.). Kinder Surpise gelato