Sunday, November 20, 2011

T & R : Florence Day 2 ( 5th to 9th out of 14 days in Italy )

T & R : Florence Day 2 ( 5th to 9th out of 14 days in Italy )
If you have read my earlier post, you will know that the reason I go to Florence is basically to hunt my favourite monuments that appear in the game Assassins Creed. That being said, accommodation wise, Florence can be quite expensive but then again most Western European cities basically are expensive. For a room shown above at Hotel Gioia, it will set you slightly below 100Euro.
Along the same street is the Hotel Casci begging around the same amount per night. The last time I was here, there was a Gypsy begging right in front of the hotel. She is harmless…if you wish to donate then do so otherwise just leave her alone. Both can be found along VIA Camillo Cavour not far from the Duomo. But if I have to pick one, I picked the latter as the host Paolo and the breakfast’s staff simply treat you like family. I love it!
On Day 2 in Florence, I decided to do some outlet shopping. I am not a shopping person per se but I have people back home who wants some branded stuff at fraction of the cost. You can either take the public bus to the outlet shopping (cheaper but you must ensure you know the timing for the last bus form the outlet or you may be stuck in the suburbs) or book a tour via Viator (more expensive but everything done orderly for you with specific timings.)
The journey will take you almost 1 and half hour to reach as the outlets are rather away from the city centre.
If you booked via Viator, another reason why it is more expensive is the fact that you will be taken to 2 outlets instead of 1. The first outlet is the solely PRADA outlet and the other will be the outlet shown in the pictures above. The 2nd outlet has like more than 20 shops (including PRADA, Burberry etc). Why is there a need to visit the solely PRADA outlet? Well its because there are more PRADA products being sold there.

After a tiring day of outlet shopping, its time to go to the Ponte Vecchio to see the setting sun and be embraced by the atmosphere that is Florence, (not to mention, free music!)
And once you have had your dinner, have a quiet stroll (its rather safe) back to your hotel.
Thus far, Florence has been awesome! If you have not visited Florence, it is time to go !!! You won’t regret it.

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