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Sunday we wandered the streets of Florence

and bumped into George Clooney

sunny 28 °C


On Sunday morning we woke up with no food in the house. Dad set off to find a grocery store. An hour later he returned empty handed – like one of his many fishing trips. It turned out that no food stores are open on a Sunday morning.

But never fear, McDonalds was near.

So we set out in a hurry as they were about to stop serving breakfast.

After breakfast we headed across the road to the train station to change some of our tickets. We had booked a guided (Florence in a day) tour, but this had been cancelled. So we thought we should change our train tickets to Rome on Wednesday. If we went later in the day on Wednesday we could do the tour then. We wandered around for a while until we found a help desk. We saw the line, which didn’t seem too bad, they had plenty of desks open. Then we realised we needed a ticket from the machine, which gave us a number. A number was then put up onto a screen, then you would go forward. Our number was 412, and they were in the 340’s. They were also taking their time.

Dad stood in the queue while we girls had a look around the shops nearby. When we returned they were going quite fast and were up to 400. Then... they slowed down again. We waited another 15minutes before we were on our way again.

We then wondered about Florence taking photos at numerous places. Such as;

Pont de Vecchio Bridge,

Palace De Vecchio,

del Duomo Cathedral

And the leather markets.


We had a quick look around the market to find an open food stall. There was one, but it was a mad house. At this point we were quite hungry so we got some buns and had them at our apartment with a cup of tea.

Whilst having lunch we decided that it would be worthwhile doing a hop-on-hop-off bus tour. We walked to our nearest stop and rode the bus all the way up to a pretty little hill-top village, Fiesole, where we got off, looked around for 5 minutes and got back on the bus.


The bus then took us to a Piazzale Michelangelo which had a nice view of the city.


It was a half hour walk home so we walked down the hill until we passed Palace De Vecchio, where there was a big crowd and fancy looking people. A red carpet event. We had no idea what it was for or who would be there. As we squeezed our way past, we heard whispers of George Clooney and Julia Roberts. We asked around and thought we would wait for a couple of minutes to see what happened... Well... we waited... and waited... and waited until it had been an hour. We were just about to leave when we heard people start to scream and yell... quite loudly. IT WAS FINALLY GEORGE CLOONEY! He pranced up and down like a pony and waved at the top of the stairs. Unfortunately, we got no good photos of George.


But here are some other photos from our event.


Lionel Ritchie


Italian singer Laura Pausini (Google Laura Pausine and Michael Buble)


And finally Andrea Bocelli


The event was a Gala evening hosted by Andrea Bocelli to support his Foundation to help poor people. Tickets to the event were rumoured to cost $50,000 euro each!

Madison and I got some Ice Cream where you put your own toppings on and pay by weight.


We went back up to our apartment where we relaxed and figured out where to go for tea. We went to a restaurant right beside Palace de Vecchio, so we pretty much had tea with George Clooney.


Our tea wasn’t the best, so we went back to the ice cream shop for dessert. We wandered up the street to take some photos of Florence by night.

We saw a busker on our way, so we sat down on the side of the street for 30mins and watched him.


The Cathedral didn’t look as nice as we thought it would so we went home to bed, ready for the next day ahead of us.


Posted by Touringteamf 22:32 Archived in Italy

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Thanks Mackenzie for your great posting & photos.We love Andrea Bocelli,went to a concert of his in Auckland a few years ago.Next time we see him I would like it to be in Tuscany!xx

by Rosemary

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