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Day 13: Check out of Hotel Castello Vicchiomaggio in Chianti. Take bus/car from Chianti to Florence. Take train from Florence to Verona. Check in Hotel Giulietta e Romeo in Verona. Opera at Arena - Romeo and Juliet was magnificent; get seats closest to the stage
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We took a train from Rome and reached Florence on 14 th Apr at approximately 11:30 am. From the Santa Maria Novella station we took a bus to our hotel which was 10-15 minutes away. We stayed at Diva Hotel and our 3 night stay at the hotel was largely comfortable. After checking in and freshening up we took a bus back to the city centre. Florence has a pretty good bus transport system but we didn't use it a lot as most of the important places are within walking distance of each other.
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It was however time to move on and visit Hallstatt. Hallstatt isn't too far from Bad Goisern, but there is only train every hour. So after a brief wait at the picturesque and desolate Bad Goisern station, I got on a train to Hallstatt.Getting off at the Hallstatt station, I took a ferry. It is indeed the only way to get to Hallstatt and is quite convenient. Make a point to note the ferry timings though, as they are well aligned with the train schedule.Hallstatt is probably prettier in the summer than in the winter. This is how it looked.
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-Missing trains (Lost the count)
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I wanted to cross borders on foot, so I went to Gorizia and from there walked over to Slovenia crossing border into the city of Nova Gorica. But I mixed up the route and reached late, missed my train. Had to spend another 3 hours waiting for the next train. Saw and did a lot of amazing things in those three hours - like learning how to couple and decouple a cargo train from the engine!