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Day 9

Florence to Rome

all seasons in one day 30 °C
View Europe with a bit of Asian twist on Szufan's travel map.

We made an early start of the day for a walking tour in Florence with a local guide. Apparently only the locals who were trained with historical information could provide walking tours in Florence. Just as well we started early because the temperature was still comfortable enough and we mostly walked in the shade of the buildings. We saw some of the oldest architectures in Florence and visited a leather factory where I bought something for dad.
During the walking tour, it was funny to find that we had two “additional members” to our Topdeck group... two random tourists decided to join us part way through and learned some Italian history.
Our leader, Rhiannon arranged a lunch restaurant which consisted unlimited wine with generous steak. It was again a 3-course meal started with pasta entree (very delicious... amazing pasta in Italy), main with potatoes and 1kg steak to share between three people and finished with ice cream. I was sitting with a group of other girls and unfortunately our steak was over cooked and was too dry. The flavour was fine but the texture was off and kinda ruined it. Nonetheless it was a full meal then we moved on journey to Rome.
We were supposed to do a walking tour in Rome once we arrived but a thunderstorm started and the rain just bucketed down. I believe most people still decided to go on the walking tour but Phil was very reluctant to join in. Our hotel room was nice and comfortable which made it even harder to head out to the pouring rain. The rain did seem to stop quite quickly too but we thought we would just walk to the nearby supermarket later and perhaps do some laundry on the way.

As some people will finish their tour in Rome and we would get some new people joining in tomorrow; it was likely we would get another chance for the walking tour tomorrow. Hopefully the weather would be better tomorrow though otherwise we would need to get ourselves some umbrellas or temporary rain jackets as we were not prepared for wet weather in Europe... oops!

Posted by Szufan 09:42 Archived in Italy Tagged florence rome hot_&_wet

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