Friday, September 28, 2012
Day 9: A Florence Morning & Food Market
As we come out into the morning we are created by the city of Florence.
"The dome was built between 1420 and 1436 to a design by Filippo Brunelleschi. Taking his inspiration from Rome's Pantheon, Brunelleschi arrived at an innovative engineering solution of a distinctive octagonal shape of inner and outer concentric domes resting on the drum of the cathedral rather than the roof itself, allowing artist to build from the ground up without needing a wooden support frame. Over 4 million bricks were used in the construction, all of them laid in consecutive rings in horizontal courses using a vertical herringbone pattern. The final product is 91m high and 45.5m wide." (Lonely Planet's, Florence & Tuscany)
(Above is Pasta Fresca, Produzione Propria, Interno Mercato Centrale, Firenze, Tel: 2302408).
Cons: being in the middle of a farm means that the flies are horrendous and you can't sit outside for long. That large electrical wire and tower you see behind our van is extremely close and we can hear it buzzing and crackling all night long sending its cancer rays our way. The toilet block is made of the cheapest prefabricated particle board and completely falling apart despite the site being billed as new. Some of it smells like sewage. The site has what is advertised as a lovely organic restaurant which is why we chose it to celebrate Nigel's birthday. When we arrived we learned it is only open 3 days a week. The shop is also closed and doesn't have much of the basics (basics that we could have picked up elsewhere had we been told we were driving miles down rubble roads). Also, there is no one there! We drive up to an office that is empty and just parked. Someone eventually came along briefly and says they are off again and any problems just ring the number on the window. With what phone? We all had foreign number plates at the site, so we don't have local mobiles.
Pros: It had a lot of nice free amenities that are extra like a lake and boats to use, lawn chairs, and an awning for most pitches.
Comparing the pros and cons we decide it is the most overrated campsite and our most disappointing experience. Did I mention it is right near the Pisa airport? Okay, that doesn't really bother us that much. Nigel just makes a verbal list of all the cheap airlines that will bring us to Pisa as all the planes fly in for landing.