The 26 of us made it safely to our hotel in Florence with all luggage in tact. The Lufthansa flight was on time departing Franfurt and arriving in Florence. We pre-booked a bus to take us from the airport to our hotel on the Piazza del Republica, which eliminated as much walking as possible after a long day(s) of traveling and very little sleep.
Some of us did manage to sneak in a little extra sleep (and for some of us, a few extra hours) at the airport, even against all advice to adapt to the new six-hour time difference. Others took time to read, write in their journals, play cards and share stories from their spring semesters at YHC.
After checking into our hotel, we met in the piazza for a short walking tour around central Florence, including the Duomo, Dante’s house, Sasso di Dante and our first delicious cup of GELATO, which received a unanimous standing ovation. Flavors included coffee, coconut, Nutella, pistachio and many, many others.
We’ll meet tomorrow morning before 9:00 a.m. for a tour of the Duomo, central market and the Galleria dell'Accademia.