Firenze, otherwise known as Florence, is quite different to Rome. Both are steeped in history but Florence feels better planned, more sophisticated and a little slower paced. There is less traffic with fewer cars permitted where pedestrians wander the cobblestone streets amongst fashion stores and architectural grandeur.
There are far too many sights to see in one day. Even a week would not do it justice. So we wind our way to the Uffizi Gallery only to find it is closed on Mondays. Rats!
Never mind. There’s plenty to see besides an an amazing, world-class art gallery. Perhaps next time?
We drift towards the Ponte Vecchio which is very close-by. Wonderfully quirky with it’s medieval structure of shops attached to the bridge, the girls are excited that the merchants all sell jewellery these days rather than the butcher shops of yore.
Preferring art to shopping, the boys head to Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.