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Roma Amor

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Before we departed Firenze on Monday, we diverted our cab to Piazza Michelangelo where you can get a panoramic vista of the city

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It was then off to the stazione to jump on the express to Roma.

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After 90 minutes of zipping through the Tuscan countryside we arrived in the Eternal City. After checking in to the Hotel Regno, we had a walk to the nearby Trevi Fountain, where a tired Lucia decided to pull her grumpy face for the required tourist pic.

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She cheered up when I told her about the tradition of throwing a coin in the fountain to ensure that she returned to Rome one day.

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On Tuesday, Rome produced a bit of a showery morning but we still ventured out after breakfast to jump on the open top bus to see the sights.

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We passed the Coliseum which was obviously undergoing some renos

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We then passed into Vatican City where the rain clouds parted to afford us a panoramic view of St Peters Square.

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We plan to return today for a closer look at 'Catholic HQ'. We jumped off the bus to grab some lunch and walk over to the Spanish Steps which even in early spring was crowded with tourists.

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The nearby exclusive shopping strip of Via Condotti was traversed but it was window shopping only on this occasion.

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We did however linger at a nearby street market where the lovely Albanian stall lady took a shine to Lucia and allowed her to pick out a little silver and amber charm

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After returning to the hotel for a rest, we ventured out for dinner in a piazza overlooking the Impressive Pantheon.

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Afterwards we lingered to listen to a busking cellist under the Pantheon dome. The acoustics made for an uplifting performance.

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After the usual visit to the gelateria for dessert, we weaved our way back through the crowded alleyways to rest up for our next day of touring.

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Weekend in Florence

And a flying visit to Pisa!

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We have enjoyed lovely spring weather in the city of the Medici and have wasted no time in getting out and about. First port of call was the massive Pitti Palace which is just behind our apartment.

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We didn't venture in (I have already seen its treasures on a previous visit) but we continued on down towards the Ponte Vecchio passing the usual tourist shops. Something for everyone here.

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The girls were dazzled by all the gold and sparkling trinkets in the many jewellery shops on the 'Old Bridge'

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And they admired the views of the Arno and the city.

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We then ventured into town and had lunch before passing through the Piazza della Signoria where the Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery are located.

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Bronnie and I have visited both the palace and gallery before so we settled for a wander around the open air statuary, some of which was a bit bloodthirsty, such as Perseus slaying the Medusa and the Rape of the Sabine Women.

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After more delicious gelati, the girls (big and small) were flagging so we returned to the apartment for a rest. As I hadn't had my culture fix for the day I used this opportunity to pop over the road to visit the beautiful church of San Spirito.

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Dating from the mid 1400s, it boasts a Brunelleschi dome (a smaller version than the Duomo) and a myriad of impressive Renaissance religious art. You weren't allowed to take photos but I snuck a few.

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We had dinner in the adjoining Piazza before retiring for our trip to Pisa the next day.

Sunday was of course Mother's Day so the girls treated B to breakfast in bed. They surprised her with some earrings that had been admired by B in Venice ( I sneakily arranged to return to the shop later to purchase them).

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After breakfast we ventured back onto the other side of the river to visit the Duomo on the way to the bus.

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After lunch at a local pizzeria we hopped on the bus for the tour to Pisa. The girls were chuffed to see this tourist icon and naturally the usual naff photos of holding up (and pushing over) the tower were taken.

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After sauntering around the gorgeous Campo Di Miracoli (Field of Miracles) containing the tower and the adjoining cathedral and baptistery, we found yet another gelateria to refresh the girls before returning to the bus to travel back to Florence through the picturesque Tuscan countryside. It's off to Rome on the morrow so after dinner at another little trattoria on the Piazza San Spirito it was back to the apartment to pack up for the last Italian leg of our journey.

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