Our big surprise today was how far the Italian train system has advanced in the last 20 years. Our train ride from Rome to Florence took 1-1/2hours thanks to the fast trains. We calculated an average speed of 143 MPH!
Good news is our hotel for the next 4 days, Pensione Pendini, is located in the center of the town with period furnishings. It’s quite nice!
Our top floor room has a great roof view including:
We were not surprised to see how crowded Florence was after our visit to Rome. We had read that Europe in general is overwhelmed by tourists. Guess we will consider shoulder or off seasons going forward.
We went for a walk to the nearby Piazza della Signoria. Here are some of our favorite sights.