Wake Up: 7:30am
I woke up still drunk. There was vomit in the marble hallway, but no one could say whose it was. This vomit will be left until mid afternoon and stain the cream marble so that cleaning it will require bleach.
First stop is Leonardo’s Leather Company to watch a display of traditional leather boxes being made. I bought some wallets as gifts here and had them all gilt monogrammed. Today I wanted to roam the city alone and so I headed off to buy tickets to see David.
I met up with the group for a local walking tour at midday. A wander through the city following took me to my appointment with David. He truly is as wonderful as people say. Lunch was a beautiful Fettucine Cabonara.
Our Tuscan Dinner was at the top of Florence next to a monastery. On the way we had our Contiki photo taken at the top of Michelangelo Park with Florence city in our background. Antipasto, lasagne, penne, beef and spinach, bom alaska. Two litre bottles of wine are spread evenly down the tables. The Italians eat and drink like kings. After dinner we had a glass of champagne and a sample of the monastery’s liqueur, which was 90%. I bought a bottle of this, 10 euro for 100ml! The bus was headed for Space Disco, an Italian nightclub in town. I gave this one a miss, as I was starting to feel sick like a cold was coming on. I think Shrimp got to bed at 3am.
Language: Tuscan Italian
Known for: Tuscan Wine, Michelangelo, the Renaissance art and architecture, the historic centre, Italian leather such as Leonardo’s Leather
Sights to note: The Statue of David, Il Duomo di Firenze, the Campanile, Ponte Vecchio