The Search for the Borsalino

The only thing that David ask for in Italy was a Borsalino hat.  He had a used one years ago and had always wanted to get another one.  He started asking in Rome and no one knew where to get one.  Then our guide said he thought he could get it in Florence. In Florence David kept asking people and no one knew.  We then went on a tour with our local guide. After the tour David ask our guide.  She took him to the side and said down that road a few blocks and it is on the left.  We thought we had finally found it, but when we got there it was closed on Sunday.  David got a picture of the store and that was it.  In Padua while we were on our walking tour we walked past a hat store.  After the tour we had a coffee and then headed to the hat store.  When we got there the shutters were pulled down and the door was locked.  The owner was still in the store.  He came to the door and told us he would open again at 3.  David told him our bus was leaving before then and that he really wanted to buy a Borsalino.  The owner let us in and helped David pick the right hat.  The owner handled the hat with love. He told David how to take care of it.  He was so nice.  So David walked out with the hat on his head.

I even got a picture of him with his Borsalino and his short green shorts.

 

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Padua

We took the bus to the city center to meet up with our local guides.  Padua was one of the locales in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.  There is a 13th century university and what is thought to be the oldest Italian clock. It dates back to 1344 and is in the tower at Palazzo del Capitano. Padua’s patron saint is Saint Anthony the patron saint of lost things.  We also went on a tour of St Anthony church where I couldn’t take photos.  I did get to touch where he is was put in the alter.  I also tried their famous coffee.