A survival guide for the unwary
25.09.2013 - 29.09.2013 27 °C
We went on a day trip to Florence yesterday. What an experience!
Prior to using the underground to get to the Train station, we had an experiemental run which of course went swimmingly. Yesterday morning we left with what we thought was oodles of time and headed for the underground at the Colosseum. Got onto what we thought was the correct train and headed off into the wide blue yonder. Followed the stations through on the display board and got off at the station, only to realise the train had gone onto a spur line and we were at the wrong station. Lots of OMG! and other words which I won't put onto the blog, so upstairs to try and cross onto the other side to get back to where the train diverted and pick up the correct train. No crossover could be found. So upstairs we went to look for a taxi. Found an ever so helpful taxi driver (not) and by this time we were starting to run late for the train. So back down into the station and caught the train back to Bologna, where it diverted before and found the correct platform and believe it or not the correct train. Got to Tiburtino, where the Florence train was leaving from and after running onto the platform we managed to get onto the train which departed almost as soon as we got onto it. We were still looking for our seats as it was leaving the station. Talk about cutting it fine! Fortunately, the train left about 4 minutes late, which was all the time we needed to get there, thankfully.
The train was fantastic. So smooth and had us into Florence within an hour and a half, which I guess that can be done when it travels at 250 km/h. Certainly didn't feel like it. There isn't a lot of sensation of speed but it truly is a fantastic service.
Florence is as wonderful as it always is and has been. However, another thing we soon learnt. Booking is essential for things such as the Academia, where the real David is and the Duomo. I didn't know about the Firenze (Florence) Pass until yesterday but it would have helped a great deal. Still as it was we did see the not so real David, the outside of the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio. The windows of the shops at the Ponte Vecchio drew a couple of extra Magpies. Both Margy and Sandy's eyes were popping out of their heads with what was on display. Of course, the displays were all way above our pay scales but worth seeing how the rich get their rocks off I guess. And good on them I say. I would be too scared to wear the stuff outside of my home, so really not worth the angst.
So all in all a great day. The train was nearly an hour late back home which was a bit of a bummer as we were all tired from the day. However all in all it was a great day and we learnt a few things about the Italian underground. The first thing to bear in mind, it is not as organised as the British Underground and not as clearly marked but it does get around OK.
Anyhoo...........will upload some more piccies soon.
This will probably be the last entry for the blog as we leave tomorrow to go home.
Today, would you believe will be a shopping day! I know, I know, who would've thunk it!
Can't believe I'm saying this, but it is time to head home and get back to familiar surroundings!
Bryan and Ron