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Tuesday 3rd July - Travel to Pisa


Pisa

With a full day ahead of us we hopped on the coach after a full breakfast and headed for Pisa, 162 kilometers away.

We were given a one hour guided tour of the famous tower and its surroundings.

Silly photos of people holding up the tower seemed obligatory.

Florence

From Pisa we then traveled across to Florence and checked into the Sheraton Hotel.  After a short rest we boarded the coach again and were dropped off at the outskirts of the city. This allowed us to explore this beautiful place on foot, before making our way to the Boccadama restaurant for our dinner booking. Fortunately the restaurant just happened to be right in front of the Santa Croce church.

After a busy day and early start we were all quite hungry. The food was certainly well worth waiting for.

Wednesday 4th July

We we all eager to explore more of Florence the next morning. After being dropped off again, we went our separate ways to take in as much as we could of this city's famous attractions, including the Piazza del Duomo and Baptistry, the Uffizi gallery, and the Palazzo Vecchio to name just a few. And who could forget the famous Ponte Vechhio with its quaint array of jewellery shops, as well as the many magnificent sculptures littering the city

Our last view of Florence was from the Piazalle Michelangelo, a lookout affording a wonderful view of the city, with the Duomo and Baptistry clearly dominating the skyline.


After bidding a sad farewell to Florence, we settled down for a few hours drive to Ravenna. After booking into the Hotel Class, there was only time for a short rest before getting ready to travel to the little town of Castro Caro Terme for an evening performance.

Castro Caro Terme

After a short rehearsal, we were wined and dined by the local council who had graciously arranged refreshments for us prior to our performance. At first we thought this a very sleepy little town, but once we had started to play, the crowd continued to gather into quite a large audience.

The concert was very well received. At the end, someone requested that we play the Australian National Anthem. Following that, the crowd was surprised and delighted that we also responded with their own National Anthem.

Ravenna - Thursday 5th July

The next morning a guided tour of this city's famous Byzantine Mosaics had been arranged.  The tour guide overwhelmed us with the history of these constructions. However, the intricacy and artistry involved in creating them was certainly appreciated by us all



Ravenna

Following the tour we all dispersed to find a bite to eat before boarding the bus for the next leg of the tour. We set off for Padova (Padua) and when we arrived we were all glad to check in for a couple of nights.

Montagnana

Once again, after a short rest and freshen up we were back on the coach heading for the walled city of Montagnana.

We were all completely blown away by the arena in which we were to perform. As can be seen by these photographs, these are some of the best preserved examples of medieval walls in Europe - almost two kilometers long.


This was by far, the most spectacular venue that the band performed at. About 10,000 people live here. Inside the walls where we played is the Castle of San Zeno, erected by Ezzelino da Romano, with its large rectangular courtyard and rectangular towers. Here is also the Civic Museum containing many artefacts from the Bronze and Roman Ages. 


After setting up, rehearsing and doing sound checks, the sun began to fade, the colour of the walls changed, and the people began to appear for the concert. 



Once again, by the end of our performance a large crowd had gathered, and enthusiastically showed their appreciation for our efforts. 


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