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Firenze - Castelfranco

Trip Details

Road Trip 2007 I
Date: Sun, 01/07/2007
Distance: 253 km
Motorcyclists: Nikos, Vangelis, Ploutonas
Photographers: Vangelis
Authors: Nikos, Vangelis, Ploutonas
Translators: Vangelis
Map: Trip map
Photographs: Link

Sightseeing map

We woke up around 10 in the morning and after a while we started for our morning mini-tour in the streets of Firenze. We ended up on the imposing city’s Duomo, so we decided to sit somewhere around there to enjoy our breakfast, while  staring at the people and the creation itself, where we learnt that it took almost 1 century to be completed.

Around 13:00 we greeted Nadia and her friends and started heading to Castelfranco, moving mainly through AutoStrada, at least on the most part.

We reached Castelfranco around 18:30 in the afternoon. We sat at a cafeteria to rest for a bit, while Vangelis went to check if there were rooms available in the hotel that he stayed last year. Luckily enough, there was a 3-bed room, at the known hotel ‘Esperanza’, for 75€ per night. The hotel was very clean and strategically placed at the center of the city. It’s worth to mention that the hotel offers parking for the motorcycles, free of charge, at the entrance.
After settling for a while, we started for our standard afternoon walk to the castle. In the center of the castle there’s an imposing church, while the alleys around are tiled. Inside the castle there are plenty of small shops and bars. One noticeable fact is that on one of the bars that we passed by, we saw that it had gathered a lot of people, even though it was still 19:00 in the afternoon (while it was still bright).

Interesting!!! We thought and without stopping, we went at a pizzeria to eat, directly outside the castle. Due to some communication problems, we ended up eating… not so good, paying 48€ for 3 people, and not really enjoying it.

Around 22:00 and after finishing our dinner, we decided to get back to the crowded bar that we saw before, where to our surprise and disappointment, we found out that it was closing by that time. We discovered there that in this city there’s a festivity going on during the summer season, named ‘happy hour’, where you drink whatever you want to drink cheaply, but until 22:00 in the night. After 22:00, most of the clubs close! And what the people is doing ? Walking around the castle … (maybe until they get tired and then go to sleep).

Leaving that place, we ended up on another bigger bar named ‘Ego’s’, a few blocks away. We opened a discussion with Alberto, the very polite owner and barman of the bar, where he informed us about the town, since he was speaking English. We were also informed about a more unpleasant thing by Alberto, that since we told him that we would drive through the Alps in the following day, he replied that it was going to rain a lot in the Alps! So, after a while we decided to get back to the hotel’s room so that we would make a mini-meeting in order to think what would be the plan of the next day.