We had a really great time there walking around the historic centre, and took a couple of trips to Sienna and San Gimignano, Pisa and the Cinque Terre. We tried out Italian public transport and took trains, and even a bus up to Fiesole which sits high up in the hills above Florence, just to get a view of the city and a look at the famous Roman ruins there. I took loads and loads of pictures and here are a few of them, just for you.
Hmm! at this point I gave up and went straight for a gelato at every meal. If I was going to get a squilion calories down my neck, I preferred to eat them in a form I fancied!
And then on another train to the Cinque Terre or 'Five Lands' - beautiful coastal villages that have no roads - one needs to walk/ take a train or go there by boat. Hordes of tourists descend on these supposedly 'unspoilt' villages every summer. The Adriatic sea was a clear blue (although we could clearly see the sewage pipe that took effluent far out into the sea - can you tell that I didn't swim from the tone of this parenthesis?) and loads of people were deep sea diving and swimming.