Day 3 – Contest Day 1

The morning was taken up by the Day 1 exam (8:30am to 1pm). If you want to try your hand at them, here they are!

In the afternoon, while Michelle and Thanom pored over the girls’ papers (though they didn’t become available till 17:30, allowing time for a much-needed nap, given the leaders’ meeting finished at 23:00 the previous night), Sally and the girls went to see the Duomo. It is said that that when Michelangelo left Florence to work on St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, he said, ‘I go to build a bigger dome, but not a fairer one’.

We climbed over 460 steps to the Campanile (bell tower), 84.7m tall, and were rewarded with magnificent views over Florence. It was good to stretch our legs after a sedentary morning! (And balance out the physical activity with some gelato afterwards – yum!)



We also went to the Museum attached to the Duomo, where Alice was enthralled by yet another finger on display (something the Italians like to do?!).

And now to bed, Contest Day 2 awaits…