So I last blogged about Venice and we moved from there to Radda in Chianti in the region of Tuscany.
Just like all the fantasies we hired a villa for the week and relaxed.
I hired another roady and had the pleasure of cycling around Tuscany. When I collected the bike from the shop the owner informed me there were many hills in Tuscany, we ride up them.......quietly! In other words, head down, bum up and just keep going.
Here is my bike and off in the distance to the right of the pole is our villa.
Surrounded by olives and grapes. It was grape harvest time so often there were tractors pulling trailers full of grapes off to become Chianti. Speaking of which I can highly recommend the chianti Classico if you ever come across it.
From Radda we headed off for day trips to San Gimmiano and Grieve.
After the peaceful week in Tuscany we headed to Florence and a great apartment just over the river from the centre of the city, so nice and quiet.
Florence is incredible what with the amazing history and art.
The Il Duomo was just too big to capture in photos.
The famous David.
David from all angles.
And the Birth of Venus.
We undertook some serious shopping in Florence and I bought a lovely leather jacket. There was also some gifts for family which we posted home and have been informed all has arrived safely.
We also had arrived in Florence in time for the annual blessing of the Chianti. A huge procession which arrived outside the IL Duomo whereby it was blessed by a priest.
And just for those who missed it I also found this sign of the policeman loving his no entry sign.
I'll do another blog in the next few days to cover the rest of out Italy adventures before we take you all off to the wonders of the Greek Islands.
Uke complete me.