I’d like to preface this post by saying that I fell absolutely head-over-heels in love with Florence, thus the need to split this recap into two parts. Florence is so impressive with its absurd amount of art, history, and beauty. I pretty much wandered around in a state of constant amazement. Well, I’d actually say this is true for our entire Eurotrip, but maybe just a bit more so in Firenze…
Day 1: We left Rome in the very early morning to hop a train to Florence. We arrived around 11 am, dropped our bags at our airbnb room, and went exploring. We visited the covered market, many lovely piazzas, and, of course, the always stunning basilicas. The street art / graffiti found in Florence was my favorite of the entire trip. And the food! Gelato, pizza, tiramisu …”Eataly”, you spoiled us for sure.
| on the train from Rome to Florence |
| view from our Airbnb room, pizza, and gelato from the best place in Florence |
| The Duomo or Cathedral di Santa Maria del Fiore with its red and green design & intricate statues and carvings |
| the golden bronze doors of The Baptistery – one of Florence’s important religious buildings, dedicated to John the Baptist |
| The Duomo, outside the Uffizi Gallery, the entrance to the Uffizi |
| inside the church of Santa Trinita – built in the 11th century by monks of the Vallombrosan order |
| inside the church of San Firenze |
| street art + graffiti |
Day 2: Woke up to thunderstorms but braved the rain to make it to our morning appointment at The Uffizi Gallery. Along our walk we had the pleasure of enjoying the empty piazzas that had been teaming with people the day before. The Uffizi did not disappoint! We breathed in Botticelli and much more then stood in line at the Accademia Gallery to say hello to Michelangelo’s “David”. We lunched like locals – inhaling risotto with asparagus, gorgonzola gnocchi with walnuts, roasted veal, green beans, and a variety of gelato (pineapple, watermelon, pistachio, and chocolate orange).
| Piazza della Signoria featuring the Fountain of Neptune, a rainy selfie, Giambologna’s The Rape of the Sabine Women, outside the Uffizi |
| inside the Uffizi Gallery and Botticelli’s Primavera |
| as seen from a window in the Uffizi |
| David |
| chalk models of famous 19th century sculptors like Lorenzo Bartolini and Luigi Pampaloni |
| lunch – gorgonzola gnocchi – my new favorite dish |
Up Next… our last two days in Florence!