So we got up bright and early and headed into Florence proper. We wandered thru some squares and decided to visit the Archaeology museum. It had some interesting stiff and took maybe an hour or so to go thru. We then headed for the Duomo. What a sight as you are coming to it and glimpse it thru the narrow streets. We first got in the wrong line - the line to go up in the dome. It only took a few minutes to discover it, so we headed for the church line, and got in rather quickly. It was of course amazing inside. We then spotted a Lindt chocolate store and decided to get some nourishment for our climb up the bell tower for some amazing views of the Duomo. It was quite a tiring hike to the top, but at least there were levels with views so you could stop and catch your breath. There were some great panoramas of the city, and I'm glad we did the bell tower. After spending a bit of time, we went back down and headed for the bridge with the leather and gold goods. It was very crowded so we just kind of caught the wave of people and looked at the amazing jewelry in the windows.
It was an amazingly warm day for the middle of September. It felt like at least 25+ Celsius. Skies were blue and hardly a cloud.
We then just wander a little bit around the city and walked along the riverside, peeking into some shops along the way. We found some amazing gelato (banana, coconut and chocolate...heavenly) and just wandered about. We found the square with the old statues, which was also very corded, found another church to admire from outside, and then found more gelato! How could we pass up bubble gum gelato and coca cola gelato? It was getting time to head to the Accademia for our appointed time to go in. We waited outside for about 20 min as we arrived early, but once our time came up, we had no problem. It is a smaller museum and of course David is the highlight. We used our Rick Steves app and listened to the narration of David as well as the unfinished Michelangelo statues. We spent maybe an hour or so looking around. It was of course something you should see in person. Then it was off to return to the Lindt store for more chocolate and a nice meal of pasta....what else?!
We then headed back to our accommodations to find our how to catch the bus to go to Fiesole for some amazing views of Florence. It was starting to get dark and by the time we got up to the hills, it was almost dark. We didn't stay to long as we were unsure about finding our way back to our room in the dark, but we managed to get off at the correct bus stop and find our way back thru a pretty dark path. Then time to settle in and get ready for the next day.