Giorno 2 – Firenze


For day 2 they had kindly laid on some tours of Florence for us. ย Emily had managed to book herself onto the only tour at 11am, but the rest of us had a hasty breakfast โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿช and headed over to Piazza Ognissanti for 9.15am to find our tour guides.

There were still many kilts in evidence – I think perhaps some of the youth had just partied ๐Ÿ’ƒ on through the night and were still wearing theirs. ย We joined the tour for Sculpture Vultures ๐Ÿ—ฝ, which was being led by Francesca ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น, who was wearing a good purple hat ๐Ÿ‘’. ย She rigged us up with ear phones ๐Ÿ”Š, and off we went to have a look at the sculpture ๐Ÿ—ฝ in Florence. ย We passed a number of exciting things – ย Galleria Frilli where they make all sorts of sculptures ๐Ÿ—ฟ๐ŸŽŽ, Arte della Seta (silk guild of Florence)๐ŸŽ, the church of Santa Maria Novella โ›ช๏ธ, and made our way over to the Baptistery ๐Ÿค to have a look at the doors. ย Francesca told us many many things – ย and I can assure you that everything in Florence is ‘FANTASTIC’. ย I mean you are quite right Francesca, it is. ย We liked the bronze ๐Ÿฎ Ghiberti doors a lot, and so did Francesca. ย It was rather nerve-racking having her voice in your ear ๐Ÿ‘‚ saying ‘over here guys’ when you had wandered off to have a look at a different part of the piazza – beady eyes ๐Ÿ‘€that Francesca. ย But she did allow us to remove our ear phones and have a quick coffee โ˜•๏ธ ,which we did in Scudieriย (although apparently Cappuccino is just for breakfast – silly tourists). ย Alice had hot chocolate โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿซ in which her spoon could easily stand up, and there was a comment along the lines of ‘you’ll have a hot chocolate cast of your intestines’…. We went back to find Francesca, who took us along to Orsanmichele (I liked the alcoves of the sculptures – super patterns), and then to Piazza della Signoria to see David. ย However at this point we decided to leave Francesca and her sculptures as it was lunchtime ๐Ÿ and that’s important.

Palomi and Garrett were also in Florence by chance last week, and Palomi had found the lovely little Osteria Il Buongustaiย where we consumed spaghetti ๐Ÿ, and crepes ๐Ÿฎ and some vino rosso ๐Ÿทand a BIG beer ๐Ÿบ and I have possibly traumatised Garrett forever. ย Every time I see the poor boy I am in ‘organising people mode’ which scares even me – so I am sorry Garrett, lets have some civilised drinks soon.

Next up was the Uffizi ๐Ÿค. ย We scooped up some other members of the team, and took a hasty tour of the Uffizi ๐Ÿค๐ŸŽจ – which, by the way, goes on forever. ย Don’t be fooled into thinking it is just one floor, and I would advise you to give the early renaissance art a miss unless it really is your thing. ย It turns out there is a whole floor downstairs full of the stuff you actually want to see – Leonardo Da Vinci, some splendid Titian’s, Caravaggio ๐ŸŽจ. ย To be fair to them, there is a cafe half way round the museum, and we should probably have stopped for a quick espresso โ˜•๏ธ – it was needed. ย We did enjoy Botticelli’s Prima Vera ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘ธ, and I love the Tribuna ๐Ÿฏ. ย It was fun, we got some excellent photos ๐Ÿ“ท, and I feel that Harry and James got a much needed decent dose of Florentine culture ๐Ÿ˜‰.

Ice Cream ๐Ÿง๐Ÿฆ next – we had a lovely gelato with Annabel who also turned out to be in Florence for the weekend, on the Ponte Santa Trinita in I think the only sunshine โ˜€๏ธ of the whole trip.


We dolled ourselves up – I had a dress crisis, and changed dress at the last minute ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ‘— – and took ourselves off to the St Regis hotel. ย We were on four separate tables for dinner – so we organised some ‘speed dating’ – boys to move table each course. ย Excellent. ย It really probably was the most absurd evening I have attended and I spent 4 years in St Andrews… Let’s just dress in white tie, have a grand dinner and go dancing in a Palazzo in Florence…..

The dancing took place in Palazzo Corsiniย – this was fun, as we were dancing in the ballroom, and our tables were spread throughout the different rooms of the palazzo, and there is a lovely balcony of sorts overlooking the Arno ๐Ÿšฃ. ย The youth had been placed nearest to this, I suspect because we are the ones most likely to be having a hasty cigarette ๐Ÿšฌ break between reels. ย Apparently one set actually did an Eightsome on the balcony – I am so jealous. ย SO I have to say, the ballroom in the Palazzo Corsini just wasn’t big enough. ย I am sorryย Bartolomeo Corsini but we needed more space. ย We did the Dashing White down the corridor, which was splendid apart from the fact we couldn’t really hear the band ๐ŸŽถโŒ…. ย but everyone got the hang of the tight space, and we reeled to our hearts content ๐Ÿ’ƒโค๏ธ. ย We did a fantastic Eightsome – it was dinosaur themed ๐Ÿ‰- forย any still confused onlookers and Jamie and Ed (we realised after, that they had missed the dinosaur lunch discussion, and thought we were just being weird). ย The wine ๐Ÿท๐Ÿทalso almost ran out – really they should have known that with 400 Scots under one roof, they needed more than surplus…..

But WHAT an evening, and Jamie got a year olderย at midnight – awkwardly they sang happy birthday to someone else – but HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jamie ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‚. ย After, the weary ones of us headed back to Villa Carlotta and others followed the bagpipes into the night towards the cluub ๐Ÿ’ƒ. ย Rumour has it there was a Eightsome in Piazza Ognassanti at 4am, and a number of older Scots were not very impressed by being woken by the bagpipes at this early hour – I imagine the Florentines were also most confused.

It was just so much fun, but we were there for one more day ๐Ÿ˜˜.

Alice xxx

Kilt spotting
Santa Maria Novella
Fun cyclists in front of the Duomo and Baptistery
Candle light in the Chiesa di Orsanmichele
Four Crowned Martyrs by Nanni di Banco – Orsanmichele
St James by Niccolo di Piero Lamberti – Orsanmichele
Harry and David
Spaghetti in Osteria Il Buongustai
Cultural Selfie in the Uffizi
The Tribuna!
I liked this chap – ย Pittore Fiorentino
‘take an edgy photo of us…’
Tired of art
Also taking an art break
Loved the Uffizi
Yay Ponte Vecchio
A nice ice cream in the sunshine with Annabel ๐Ÿ’•
We made it to the ball!
What a room
Entering the Palazzo Corsini
View from Palazzo
Having a lovely time
Oh and we did some reeling
Getting a bit weary
Ok time for bed – hurry up taxi – sore feet
Except party Suze