Traveling Beyond the Postcard

Monthly Archives: July 2019

With only two days left in Florence I had to decide upon a visit to Fiesole or to Boboli Gardens with sunset at Piazza Michelangelo.  After discussing the options with my barista I chose to stay in Florence. I would visit the garden and finish with sunset at Piazza Michelangelo which overlooks the city.  It was another very hot day and the park and the piazza are on a hill on the… Read More

Palazzo Vecchio is the Town Hall of Florence.  It was built between the 13th and 14th centuries.  The oldest part was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio and completed about 1299.  It was built on the ruins of an ancient Roman theater that dates back to the first century AD.  You can visit areas of excavation below the building – it’s quite fascinating! It is located in the Piazza della Signoria where there… Read More

I decided to get out of the crowds and head over to the island of Burano.  I had seen pictures of the colorful buildings and wanted to see it.  I assumed that most of the pictures were way over saturated.  Not so, the buildings are very brightly colored!  According to Wikipedia it was settled by the Romans in the 6th century.  My first thought about all of the brightly painted homes was… Read More

I spent the last two days in beautiful Venice… and just at the right time!  While Venice was hot and humid and pretty uncomfortable, Florence was even worse experiencing 100+ degree temperatures with humidity in the 70% range.  At least in Venice I had air conditioning!  Such a treat! I arrived on Friday morning about 10:00.  The fast train from Florence to Venice takes 2 hours and 15 minutes.  I took the… Read More