Today we had a free day after a walking tour in the morning to explore Florence. We started our day with breakfast and the bus trip into Florence at 8:15. We were having a walking tour from a local guide around the city of Florence. We started off by seeing where all the sculptures were in the piazza Della signoria. The main sculpture was the sculpture of David, although it was only a recreation of the original one. We then walked up to where the ponte vecchio bridge was and where all the lovely old building were. We ended our walking tour at Leonardo’s leather works where we met our tour leader.
Leonardo’s leather works is a big shop which produces lots of leather products and also does demonstrations for groups of people. We were lucky enough to see one of these demonstrations. The guy working there was telling us about how long it takes to make leather items and their drying time, how to prove real leather against fake leather and showed us the moulds they use to make certain products. We then went into their shop and saw all their jewelry products and their leather bags, wallets, jackets and many more beautiful items. All cost an absolute fortune but they were so nice.
After the leather demonstration we decided it was time for lunch. So we chose a restaurant and sat outside under the shades and ordered our meals. I had the most beautiful pesto pasta. After lunch the other girls wanted to go into the duomo but they was quite a queue so I decide led against that and chose to go off on my own little adventure. I wanted to go to the markets and buy some souvenirs for my family and friends and knew this was the perfect opportunity.
So I found an information site and got a map and found out where to walk from where I was. Once I got there I had a stroll though and sort of worked out what I wanted to buy. Then on the way back, I went to each individual stall and purchased all my souvenirs. Pretty happy with my purchases. Then it was time to walk back to the bus to meet the tour group. All well and good I thought until I couldn’t work out where I was on my map. I asked a man for directions to get me to the river coz I knew once I was there I would know where I needed to get to. And I was running out of time to meet with the group for the first bus pick up. The guy just said take this road to the end. Well I didn’t know which was the correct way to go at the so called end of the street coz it veered the way I thought was the wrong direction. I had left myself 45 minutes to get back to the bus but it wasn’t enough time. I had a map which was proving very hard to read and I just couldn’t get my bearings right. I finally worked out out and got down to the river, although I was at the completely other end I now knew how to get back to where I needed to be. By this stage it was too late so I was going to have to wait another 2 hours for the next bus. That wasn’t too bad though coz it was very hot walking in the sun for an hour, so I stopped for a delicious coconut gelato. Once I sat down in the gelato cafe I saw some other girls from the tour group. I went and sat with them and we were just chatting about what we had been doing during the day. Once we had all finished our gelato we went and visited the gold nosed wild boar statue which it’s said that if you put a coin in its mouth and rub it’s nose you will have good luck.
We all walked back to where the bus would pick us up from and sat in the shade until the bus came. When I got back to the accommodation, the girls I had split up from where sitting having a snack and drink whilst waiting for me so we could all go for dinner which was nice of them. I quickly got changed and then we went to the restaurant which was at the accommodation. I got a risotto for dinner which was a bit disappointing. The rice wasn’t really creamy enough like I think it was undercooked. After dinner we sat outside where the water fountain was and just chatted and listened to the live band for a nice relaxing evening.