Florence, Italy

Even on a cloudy, rainy weekend, this city has something about it. The history, the stunning Duomo and ancient cathedrals, the art, the piazzas and narrow streets. It is a wonderful place to walk around and soak up the atmosphere (just don't try to drive!).  We saw a puppet show in the street, watched artists at work and listened to musicians play. And of course there is the gelato. Our accommodation was in a castle. Yes, a castle. Complete with the sweeping driveway, huge lawn and a garden full of roses and lemon trees. Just like a fairy tale.

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