After my parents left, I only had a few weeks more to enjoy Italy, so I began operation super-tourist! I wanted to try and see more of Italy and more of Florence. I visited a small town called Orvieto with two friends one weekend. It was a cute little town about 2 hours south of Florence by train. Emily, Megan and I left early on a Saturday morning to spend the day there. The town is known for its white wine, beautiful view of the countryside and its large ancient well called Saint Patrick's well. The coolest thing was the cable car that we had to take up the hillside to get to the actual town from the train station. Unfortunately, we were not able to tour the famous well because we found it a little too late in the afternoon, but apparently it used to be the main source of water for the town. The people of Orvieto would hike down hundreds of stairs to fill buckets of water that they would use for everything from cooking to bathing.
|View from Orvieto|
|The Leaning Tower of Pisa|
|Megan and Me in front of the church of Saint Frances|
On Friday two good friends from my home university of UW-La Crosse came to visit. Sarah and Evelyn had both been studying in Granada, Spain for the semester and made the trip to Florence after there classes had ended on Thursday. So after what would be my last cappuccino in Italy, I met them by the Duomo and gave them the complete tour of Florence. It was a wonderful way to spend my last two days in Italy and gave me an excuse to visit all the sights I liked best before I left. I think they enjoyed there time an got a kick out of Florence's first snowfall of the year and the ridiculous reactions that people had to it. That Friday night Florence must have gotten about 5 inches but it was crazy how many snow men were built in the short time before the snow became brown slush. I saw hundreds of people wearing moon boots, which they seemed to have with them so that they were on as soon as the first flake was falling. The city seemed to have no plows and the airport was closed for days after.
|The big Christmas tree by the Duomo in Florence|
|Me, Evelyn and Sarah in front of the Pitti Palace in Florence|
|Train to Rome, Goodbye Florence!|