In Florence, Visit the Basilica of Santa Croce, Spy the Duomo, and Eat Gelato

We were in Florence just for the day but it was so lovely and yet so crowded. We met up with friends doing some work here and that made it even more fun and very negotiable. They knew where to take us and where to eat though we did have a few things on our list.

The Duomo, although wonderful to look at, had a very long line to get in so we just took pictures from the outside and kept walking. Florence is a severe tourist destination.

We went and looked at the Tempio Maggiore Israelitico Synagogue but did not go in.

Italian friends from home sent us to Corona's Cafe for the truly best gelato ever. We were not disappointed and they had several vegan gelato options.

To end the afternoon, we went to the Basilica of Santa Croce and saw the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli...pretty amazing, really. The Basilica has a Star of David at the top. Odd.


Traveling by Bus in Bologna, Italy

We're visiting Bologna, Italy, for about a week and a half. Here're some tips for when you go...
buy a bus pass. It's the best, easist, fastest way to get around. Get a bus map. But here's a hint: no one checks the pass so, take that how ever you will. There are different bus routes on the weekend, and the buses don't go into center of town because it become a wonderful walking mall. There is no need to rent a car in Bologna.