Our first free day in Florence has been the best experience yet. We started by sleeping in until 11 o’clock which has not been done yet since we’re usually up by 6:15am…which is long before the sun has risen. We wandered Florence for most of the morning, wanting to revisit some of the places we rushed through our first day. We started by first going to the train station to buy tickets to Venice for later in the week. Next we were off to the flee market where we spent way too much money on things we didn’t really need, but now we could say that we picked it up in Florence, and how many people can say that?
On January 6th, Italians celebrate the last day of Christmas, called Epiphany Day where everyone dresses in period costumes and celebrates the arrival of the Three Kings. There were knights on horseback ridding through the streets, men dressed as monks and women dressed as maidens. They had flags with the Flor de Les and marching drummers. There were three cloaked camels to carry the Three Kings. We ended out outing with lunch and gelato on a bridge over the water.
The day ended with us drinking 4 bottles of Prosecco, 3 bottles of Chianti, and a few other bottles of wines that were too blurry to remember. All in all, a good day in Florence filled with shopping, minor kidnapping by an Italian man who tried to dress me in all leather, and lots of good food, good wine, and good people.