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A short bus ride to the area known as the Mugello and a visit to Scarperia and the celebration of the city’s founding more than 700 years ago.

We arrived at 11:00, just as the gates opened and time-traveled back to the Renaissance. Lords and ladies in incredibly beautiful garments, artisans demonstrating age-old practices, and a color guard shooting off their muscats.

We had lunch just as they skies opened and a pouring rain ensued. Because we have been here in years past, the town folk took us under their protection and guided us to a covered area where we could eat, safe from the torrential rain.

We saw birds of prey, shot some arrows, purchased some knives, and then boarded the bus for our trip home. A short stop at the Parco Demidoff to see Gianbologna’s gigantic sculpture was somewhat dampened by 30 feet of scaffolding.

Back to Florence and a peaceful evening.