It was after 5pm yesterday by the time we arrived in Florence and found our accommodation, a camp site up in the hills overlooking the city. Expecting sunny warm weather we had booked three nights at Camping Michelangelo, expecially as it had permanent tents, ‘cabins with canvas rooves’ the website said.
This was perhaps a bit optimistic and given that the drought in Florence was broken the day we arrived with heavy rains, camping quickly turned dismal. Nevertheless we gave it a go for one night and when we woke this morning to heavier rain, damp clothes and an indoor swimmng pool we grabbed our packs and headed into town.
Whilst one of us sat in the McDonald’s with the backpacks and a walkie talkie, the other checked for vancancies in the surrounding hotels until we found a great little place which was dry, warm and threw in breakfast as well.
With our accommodation sorted we spent the rest of the day wandering the old streets of Florence. There were markets down most streets selling souveniers, leather products and counterfeit sunglasses. Gelato and coffee shops where abound and when we were ready for dinner there was no shortage of trattorias and restaurants to choose from.