There were six of us in our travel party. Four of us were staying together in the same place, and the other two were with us for part of the trip. We enjoyed some wine, each other's company, and the hysterical antics of the two Italian women that sat next to us on our short two hour train ride from home to the incredibly city of Florence.
Airbnb is a website (Airbnb.com) that allows you to find rooms, apartments, and other places of stay for when you are on vacation. They are generally much less than a hotel and only slightly more than a hostel. Basically, they are people who have an empty room in their home or an empty flat that they rent out to you for a pre-determined amount of time.
Our conversation with property owner came a little sooner than we thought. Alex and I slept in the room directly next to the front door. We awoke at 7:15 on Saturday morning to several men coming through the apartment - one, mind you, was holding a chain saw. All I could think to say in my sleepy state was "What? What?" Alex jumped out of bed to speak with them and learned that one of the men owned the apartment and they were coming in to fix a tree in the courtyard out back. The company managing the property had never told him that it was rented out for the weekend. Our morning surprise turned into a great thing, as we fixed the hot water heater while he was there and recommended a breakfast cafe. And with that we showered and ventured out into the beautiful city of Florence.
Throughout the day, we visited the Duomo and climbed to the top to catch incredible views of the city around us, saw Michelangelo's David, and wandered through the shopping areas of town.