Upon arrival at a small-ish airport, we easily made our way to the taxi stand where an accommodating driver stowed everything and drove us through eight foot wide cobblestone streets to Casa del Garbo (www.casadelgarbo.it), in the middle of Palazzo Vecchio. People meandering in the streets unaffected by our approach, continue living life in the shops, spaghetterias, and simply watching our spectacle.
He deftly lwft us at our appointed accommodation where we were greeted by a signorina who showed us to the Eleonara room with huge window openings onto the medieval palazzo.
We explored and taught ourselves how to use the shower, T.V. and such and freshen up for initial exploration of Florence. We’re only starting about 1200 years after its lusciousness was first found.
We settled in at Casa del Garbo and walked a little in the rain while waiting for a 7 P.M. dinner reservation at Hostaria il Desco (hostariaildesco.com). We dined on peasant soup, veal, lemon pasta with a most delicious wine. So tired after the all night flight with the Spanish kids (www.emy.org), we sank into a delicious sleep on day 1 in Florence.