As usual an early breakfast in Nocelle before catching the bus down to Positano. Being the end of the line we got seats, though as the bus went down it became very crowded with the morning commute. Once down in Positano we made the trek through the alleys to the wharf where we bought tickets for the ferry to Salerno. Unfortunately the boat was late, and it was hot standing waiting with no shade in the sun. Finally the ferry turned up, and it was a pleasant ride first to Amalfi, then on to Salerno. Another walk in the hot sun to the train station where we had a bite to eat waiting for our train.
The train backtracked to the places we’d come from – first Napoli then Rome, before finally arriving at Firenze a little late at 5pm. We then had about a 25 minute walk past the famous Duomo and on to our place for the next 4 nights, the Residenza Il Villino. This is a pleasant enough place off a quiet street, and had a “view” of the Duomo (if you looked out a particular window and at an angle.
We then ventured out for a quick explore. First priority was supplies from a fairly bare mini-mart around the corner (we later discovered a fantastic supermarket further afield), then dinner from a place not too far from where we were staying, the Acquacotta Trattoria Toscana. It was nice enough, and obviously a popular place, though we had been spoiled in Nocelle and it didn’t really compare.
After dinner decided to take a stroll downtown, and around on the way discovered the fantastic Il Ppocopio gelato shop. We became frequent customers.
Moving on we took a stroll over the Ponte Vechio. At this time of night all the shops were closed (not that I would have bought anything there anyway).
From there we then went back through the main square, Piazza della Signoria, where a concert was being held. It was quite magical.
Plenty of restaurants and gelato shops enticed us as we headed towards the Duomo.
As we continued back to our B&B past the Duomo where a procession was taking place.
Our evening in Florence had been pretty cool.