Though it pains me to admit it, I so desperately needed sleep that I slept from about 1:30 a.m. local time to nearly three in the afternoon. I did not awaken feeling fully healed, but I was definitely a great deal better for the rest.
I decided to devote the rest of the short day to re-introducing myself to some of my favorite parts of Florence. I wandered my way over to the Loggia Della Signoria, which features some lovely old statues
and a great view onto the square at the front of the Palazzo Vecchio.
I wandered from there down the courtyard between the halves of the Uffizi, along the Arno, and back into the city on the street oppositve the Ponte Vecchio. I eventually wound my way to the Duomo, because, well, the Duomo.
While eating a bruschetta snack at a little place well behind the Duomo, I ended up in conversation with a woman from NC who was on a very long trip. She elected to join the expedition to Grom, where I very much enjoyed a medio cup with salted caramel and orange. Wow, is Grom's gelato good!
After rest, email, and writing, dinner was at a local place, The Cat and the Fox, that has always treated me well.
In addition to a just-right set of beverages,
I enjoyed an okay Caesar salad and a very tasty bowl of spaghetti carbonara.
Some reading and then a lot of sleep are ahead.
A gentle and good first day in Florence.