We spent our last day in Florence visiting the Pitti Palace Boboli Gardens, the Piazzale Michelangelo (where a replica of Michelangelo’s David statue looks over Florence) and the Basilica di San Miniato al Monte. Continue reading “FLORENCE-FATTORIA di MAIANO-FIESOLE”


On Thursday we made the train trip to the wonderful town of Siena. We got there later than expected, (once again a stop at every station local train) so the first thing we needed to do when we arrived was to have lunch.  We came across a Pizza shop that had special deals, two enormous pieces of Pizza and a drink for 5 Euro.  The Pizza was fantastic, so we were off to a good start. Continue reading “SIENA and VERONA”


Buongiorno from Florence,

We arrived in Florence, got ourselves out of the train station and caught a taxi to ‘Torre Guelfa’, a hotel we have stayed in several times before. It has a wonderful feel, the staff are extremely friendly and we have always enjoyed our time there.  The Hotel had some renovations done in 2010 but all the qualities that we have enjoyed in the past remained the same, like the service, the breakfast and the tower. Continue reading “FLORENCE”



After 23 hours of flying via Singapore and London, we arrived in Milano at 1045, Friday morning and caught a taxi to our hotel.  We got out of the taxi to the sounds of much “yelling and screaming”; a local was having a heated discussion with someone on the telephone outside of our Hotel, I didn’t need a translator to realise this guy was annoyed to say the least. This, on top of the 60 km taxi ride from the airport where our driver “Juan Manuel Fangio” talked on his mobile phone while weaving in and out of traffic, no indicators, (hands busy holding the phone!) speed limit signs were treated as the lower speed at which you travelled!  All this and a bit of tailgating thrown in, “Welcome to Milano”! Continue reading “MILANO”