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January 13, 2013

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I very quickly fell head over heels in love with Florence. I arrived midday on Friday and began wandering around after dropping my stuff off. As the sun began to set I had made my way through the cobblestone streets past the charming cafes and ristorantes to ponte vecchio, a bridge dating back originally to 996. I aimlessly wandered the streets on the other side of the Arno river, admiring all the small paperie and leather shops and art galleries. After a recommendation by a friend i made my way to a local restaurant, zaza, for gnocchi and some vino rosso (red wine).

Florence felt to me like authentic Italy. The streets were filled with romance, art and wine bars. On Saturday I made my way to Academia di Arte to see David. The amount of detail and precision is what made it so stunning. Looking up one can even see the veins in his hand, exemplifying how much thought was put into every aspect of this. In the same gallery, I discovered a museum of music. Having played violin for about thirteen years now, I loved seeing the stringed instruments dating back to the 16th century and became encouraged to dust off my violin upon returning home.

Afterwards I headed to climb the 463 steps of the duomo at cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. The way to the top is not meant for the weak hearted or claustrophobic. It reminded me of the steps to a medieval castle, winding its way to the top, just wide enough for one person. I wasn’t sure what to expect (seems to be a recurring theme in my travels) but yet again my breath was taken away. At the top, there is a view awaiting of the whole city of Florence. Luckily it was a sunny day and I spent a good hour just admiring all that is Florence and thinking about just how blessed I am in life. After duomo I made my way to the best Italian meal I’ve had in my life, more on this later. My friend Thiago and I then headed to chiesa di santa croce, the church founded in 1294 which houses the funeral monuments of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and many other illustrious personages. Post chiesa, I of course grabbed some more gelati and did a bit more window shopping while wandering around the most beautiful city…and prepping to head to a disco.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2013 6:11 am

    Reading this post wants me to go back to Florence right now!

  2. Niki Smith permalink
    January 13, 2013 8:08 am

    I loved the candid pictures and especially the bicycles in Rome and Florence

  3. January 13, 2013 10:40 pm

    Love the ponte vecchio shots! The city looks amazing and great writing!

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