This morning, after breakfast, I went for one of my standard quick rides. From the apartment, out Via Faentina, under the train tracks in the sotto passegiata, then finding the way through Piazza della Cure, then back to Via Faentina. It climbs gradually to Pian de Mugnone, where I turn off to climb to Fiesole. This piece is quite steep in places, and as it is part of the world championship course a year from this fall, I have been assured that parts are over 15%. The steep parts are not long, and it is really a reasonable climb to Fiesole. You climb out of Fiesole for a kilometer or two, then continue climbing toward the turn off to Vincigliata. There the road drops, narrows and the real fun begins. Just for kicks, I counted 12 full 180 degree switchbacks on the way down. This is a really fun descent. Towards the bottom and Coverciano, I turn off and follow / climb some back roads toward Miano, then finish the descent to Firenze and home. Total distance of around 24k in a little over an hour. Fun ride.
The start of Via Faentina along the Mugnone after Piazza della Cure.
Flowering tree along the steep road from Pian de Mugnone to Fiesole.
Looking down into the Etruscan and Roman ruins almost to Fiesole.
The incredibly beautiful, narrow road down to Vincigliata, then Firenze.
After returning home, I had a meeting with the activity director at the Palazzo Tornabuoni, which is a 4 Season residence club, basically million dollar plus timeshares. The meeting was great, and it appears I will be on the agenda for a couple of outings in July and August. Then over to Kate's to help with the kids while she finished the packing up for 5 weeks at the beach. We went out to lunch, had some great pizza, then helped take the stuff and the kids to the car and they were off. We will visit a couple of times while they are there, but basically have some quieter time here, for Emily especially, as she does the bulk of the babysitting.