and a passage to the famed Uffizzi museum. The crowds were massive and what I remember most is the tour groups with their umbrella holding guides coming at us in tides. Aaaaargh! On a narrow cobblestone street with no sidewalk and the only car traffic allowed, yikes!, we found our lovely little B & B, Badia Fiorentina,
the only bad thing being that we were on the first floor (European translation, 2nd) and being a very old house, no elevator and these were the stairs.
Bienvenuto a Firenze! (Florentia-Florencia, etc. etc. etc.)
After carting our luggage up and getting the grand tour from the lovely girl at the desk who we never saw again and a map with all the highlights we ran out to explore, as is our wont to do. We quickly found the elegant Uffizzi just around the corner,
pushed through the crowds in the plaza waiting to get in and walked towards the very adorable Ponte Vecchio,
and crossed to the other side.
Where we found lesser crowds, just as much beauty and our go to lunch place for our time in Florence.
A view of the bridge across the Arno and the rowers from the rowing club across the way!
The Florentine adventure begins.