We woke up early this morning and headed out to Firenze (Florence) for the day. Didn't do a lot of sight seeing, but we got some in. It was a pretty mellow day, but we are still all exhausted.
I could really spend a lot of money in Firenze. It's a good thing I have a budget and was able to stick to it. Got some gifts for the peeps back home, some clothes, and some killer shoes. I'm really excited to wear them, even though it won't be until I get back.
We saw the Duome, which is a church with what was (when it was built) the largest dome of its size. It was actually quite revolutionary when they figured out how to build it. We also checked out some Piazzas (I don't remember their names) with quite a few sculptures, including (a copy of) Michelangelo's David (the original has been in a museum since it was damaged during a riot).
We walked around a lot, shopped quite a bit, and saw some beautiful areas. I like Firenze much more than Roma. It is a prettier, mellower city.
When we got back to Cortona we headed out to dinner at a great place around the corner. The food was amazing! The guy that owns the place served us, and it must be said that he is quite a character. And his wife is the chef. Dinners here take at least two hours. And many courses. It is a good thing we are walking around so much because if we kept eating that way with no exercise, we would all weigh 300 pounds. We had an antipasto (which is not a salad here, it's really just an appetizer, tonight was meat and cheese), pasta (a full plate of pasta, not just a little side), a meat dish, a vegetable dish, and desert. And don't forget the vino (wine), the sweet wine with desert and the after dinner liquor.
Check out my sister-in-law's great blog for another perspective on the week. She's a little behind, but there are some great pics up.