We headed off from Sorrento at around lunch time , back to Napoli for a train to Rome. We were to stay just overnight until our train to Florence the next morning. The hotel I picked here lived up to the not so fantastic reviews but it was clean and right on the station which was important.
An extra night in Rome gave us the chance to see the Colosseum by night. We arrived there after an early dinner ( anything before 8 pm seems early by local standards we find) at around 9pm to watch the twilight sky change hues as it approached darkness. The orange glow lights that illuminate this ancient relic add to the awe. Of course the regular hawkers of scarves, plastic toys that stretch , laser lights and wooden and bead jewellery meandered through the crowds.
Our morning train to Florence was uneventful. Being in first class we made full use of the free newspapers ( learning to read italian is easier than speaking it I find) , coffee, juice and biscuits. The fast trains are really easy to use , travel smooth , are clean and you get to see the scenery as you travel. I’m now glad I chose this option instead of domestic flights.
On arrival we taxied it to our next hotel, although not far from the train station ( a bit over a km) we were dragging bags. We stayed at a beautiful apartment that looked bigger and better than the online photos ( and experience tells me this is rarely the case).
After dropping our bags and marveling at our home for the next few days we set off to explore Firenze. I don’t understand why we call this place Florence rather than its real name.
We did a ‘Jersey Shore Walking Tour ‘ that we made up ourselves based on places my daughter knew they had been. We saw the hotel they stayed at while filming and 2 restaurants they frequented. We booked one for the next night as if would be Ally’s birthday.