Florence was nice although not as fantastic as I thought it was going to be. It might have been the guide who spent way too much time going over Michaelangelo's statue of David. The Duomo was neat although one side had been cleaned and the other had not. Other people went over to the Porto Vecchio and they were disappointed in it. I walked in one jewelry store recommended by our guide called The Gold Corner (on the Piazza Santa Croce which had some nice coral jewelry, but it was from the U.S. So I went down the street to The Gold Market and found some unique local jewelry from a Florentine artist in 18K gold. You don't go all of the way to Florence, Italy to buy something from the U.S. Our lunch in Florence at a local restaurant was great.
We went to Saint Paul de Vence which was a neat midevil town up on a hill. We then went to the Maeght Museum which is noted for modern art. I wasn't crazy about it, but I'm more fan of impressionism. We then went to Chateau de Bellet Vineyard which was really interesting. They grow grapes that are totally different from those with which we are familiar. Great boats in the harbor!
We stopped in Cagliari. We saw the ruins at Nora which were neat. We ate lunch at an agritourissimo is a farm which is totally self sufficient. That means the vegetables that were served were grown there, the wine came from grapes grown there, the sausage from pigs,etc. It was absolutely fabulous! After Lunch, we walked around town which was rather boring since most everything was closed for the afternoon.
We went to the Bardo Museum which is a former palace and now houses thousands of mosaics excavated from various Roman sites around Carthage and northern Tunisia. Apparently, the Tunisians are experts at excavating, moving and restoring mosaics. It was an amazing museum. We then went to The Medina (markets) which were majorly junky unless you were in the market for a rug. We had a great lunch of local food and wines before going to see various ruins at Carthage which are scattered around a really nice neighborhood.