The pace at which we’ve been operating for the past 10 days has finally taken its toll. We moved a little (actually a lot) slower this morning. After a nice visit to the Duomo, we headed to San Croce Church, a 14th-century Franciscan church. What a delight! This was the highlight of our time in Florence. The church houses so many tombs of great Florentines including Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli, to name a few.
The grounds around the courtyard were just as beautiful as the inside of this church.
After some last minute shopping and our last stroll around Florence, we headed to the train station for the final train of our journey to Venice.
Two hours and one very obnoxious two-year-old later (the poopy diaper was a bonus), we arrived in Venice. And we thought we had this whole Italian travel thing down! Ha - that was before we experienced a new form of public transportation...the vaporetto!
Amazingly, we survived the 15 minute boat ride to our dock, the 10 minute walk across two bridges, past a church, and down one long alley with all our luggage. We're now rethinking that pottery we bought back in Cinque Terre!
Venice promises to be as enchanting as we expected. Dinner was wonderful – a small Sicilian trattoria tucked away in a side alleyway. My lasagna was simple and fresh and wonderful.
Tomorrow we explore Vinezia! Ciao!