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Florence Day 2: Leather markets, Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio

One thing you cannot miss out in Florence is their famous leather markets.  Rows upon rows of leather jackets, wallets, and other trinkets to choose from.  Not only are the prices much more reasonable since they are manufactured and sold locally, but bargaining is fair game!  My tip… never purchase at face value because chances are, you can always knock it down.  Plus, the act of haggling is actually quite fun and rewarding.  Right next to the open leather market is an indoor food market!  We headed over after a few hours of intense bargaining.  It definitely wasn’t one of the most glamorous markets but it has some decent fresh produce and ready-to-eat options.   I got a panini and after eyeing the lady next to me gorging on a custard filled croissant I had to get myself one too.     It was actually pretty damn good.  Soft flakey croissant and the inside was just sweet enough for a nice end to our quick lunch     There was one major item on our …

Best of Tuscany

Our next stop after Venice was Florence!  The city itself is not extremely exciting or big, but we had a full day “Best of Tuscany” tour lined up.  We started the day bright and early, reaching our first stop in the beautiful city of Siena.   We were lucky to get a tour by a local who told us some pretty interesting facts about this medieval town.  Siena is divided by “contrade” which is Italian for neighborhoods and each contrada had its own symbol derived from an animal.  Some of the animals were pretty common like eagle and badger, but there were some pretty ridiculous ones like unicorn and caterpillar (heck, I wanna be on the unicorn team!).  The citizens of Siena are sorted into these contrada right after birth and there is a lot of pride involved in representing their own contrada.  In fact, they go as far as to have these symbols engraved into the regions of each neighborhood so you’ll always know whose turf you’re on.The one famous tradition that is held …