Senior Basketball Players Blog on their Italy Trip

Touring Florence

 

Some of the guys on the Pointe Vecchio.

Some of the guys on the Pointe Vecchio.

After a great first night in Florence we were set for a 3 hour tour the next morning. Waking up at 10:30, even though our bodies really thought it was 4:30am with the time change, wasn’t too bad. We met up with the tour guide and she began to take us around Florence.

First we explored one of many Piazzas in Florence. A piazza is a house that was owned by one of the major families in Italy and the bottom floor was basically welcome for people to come and visit. It was beautiful to see how people back in the Reinassaince lived.

Next we checked out Ponte Vecchio which is a bridge with all kinds of vendors on it, mostly jewelry. When we walked over what was the bridge none of us had any idea it was a bridge until the tour guide told us it was because it looked just like the street with small shops on either side.

Plaza Della Signorio was our next stop. This is where a copy of Michael Angelo’s “David” statue stands as well as many other notable original statues. However, “David” was moved from Plaza Della Signorio to a building near by in order to keep it from getting weathered and ruined. It was amazing to see it in person.

We also visited the Duomo. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get inside due to a national holiday. The outside of it was enough for us to want to go inside, so we will most likely explore the inside on Friday before we depart for Siena. It was so large and detailed from the outside even for us in the 21st century that we couldn’t even imagine what people walking by it hundreds of years ago would have thought.

After the tour we were all starving so we split up and headed out to look for some pizza. Even though we split up we all ended up at the same pizzeria not too far from the Duomo. 8 Euros for a pizza and drink…deal! However, we forgot to ask for toppings so we only had cheese pizza. After stuffing our faces with pizza most of us headed back to the hotel to take a nap. It had been a long day! After naps some of us checked out the market place. There was just about any type of leather product you could imagine: purses, belts, wallets and many others.

Once again we were to meet up for dinner and it was fantastic. Another 6 course meal! It was nice to have some delicious Pork as the main course this time and the desert, apple cake was to die for! Keep an eye out for our next blog coming tomorrow! It should be another great day in Italy, we are visiting Pisa. Ciao for now!

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