Blissed-Out in Florence
After we left Levanto and the Cinque Terre region, we trained our way to Pisa and then to ol’ Firenze, or as we English-speakers call it, Florence. Ah, Florence… It was romantic with beautiful art attached to gorgeous marble structures splattered everywhere. We wandered the streets for three days taking it all in and being harassed by street vendors. They would try to get my attention by shouting in my face, “Hey lady!” If only they had known that’s a sure way to make me angry. I did buy some leather goods from one guy who actually took the time to say, “Excuse me, would you like to have a look?”
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We took a couple photos in Pisa, that’s really all it can offer. It’s basically a two hour stop-over on a traveler’s way to a cooler Italian city. The Piazza Miracoli was well worth the stop, and who knew that the tower of Pisa isn’t just standing all alone? (I didn’t.) The other two magnificent buildings were just as awe-inspiring!
Almost everything we saw in Florence was free. We decided to skip the museums and take free tours
because we were out of money because that’s what we wanted to do. It was perfect, though. We saw statues, frescos, architecture, and plenty of live music. And who needs to pay to see the real David when the reproduction is free?
The bridges were picturesque!
I loved the fact that all of the little cafes sold 20 oz. cups of fresh cut fruit. #lifesavers
The (reproduction) David. We saw SO much man-junk and boobies on our trip that by this point, I had become so jaded, sorry about the angle here…
We love selfies!
Many of the statues were violent and nude. Who knew the two go so well together?
This is the oldest church in Florence. The Basilica di San Lorenzo was built in 392 AD.
We may have skipped the museum scene, but we ate really, really well!
We stumbled upon this un-crowded beauty by accident!
Horses and pigeons.
This is one of the main attractions in Florence–The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. It was very impressive.
This lovely thing was right around the corner from our flat. We stayed on the university, so there were young hipsters everywhere!
Best iced coffee of my life!
On our last night in Florence, we packed a picnic and headed up to Piazelle Michelangelo, the hill overlooking the town. This was one of my favorite memories from the trip…Watching the sunset over Florence with Matt’s arms around me. Then we had salami, bread and cheese with bubbly water and, of course, chocolate for dessert.
After dark, we walked down the hill, through a park, over the river, stopped to listen to some live music, and then found our way back to our rented flat. Thank you for the blissful memories Florence!