Oh Florence. How we loved thee.
Florence has a soft, sweet romantic feel that leaves you breathless and in complete awe. Florence is captivating. Florence is charming. Florence is sexy. Florence is mind-blowing. Florence is love. Florence is the subtle soft side of grand. Florence is the Renaissance.
Florence is mother-of-all gelato.
This great city pulled us in and held on tight. We immersed ourselves in everything Florence had to offer. And true to our little sponge like selves, we soaked it all in.
We stayed in the coolest hotel. It was an old building from the 17th century that has been completely restored into a small hotel. It overlooks the Boboli Gardens (photo below) and has a stunning rooftop terrace! A quiet, quaint hotel that was in the PERFECT location.
Chianti and Tuscany....I am coming back for you.
The next day we went to Pisa! The town famous for its Leaning Tower! However, there is SO MUCH MORE to Pisa than the tower. I am so glad we chose to take a day trip there because one my my top sights was there, and no, it is not The Leaning Tower!
Then, The Baptistry. Equally beautiful and amazing.
And a walk through the town of Pisa and a look at the university!
Back to the action....
A little dinner...
We finally got to go into the cathedral, climb the belltower and climb up into the top of the Duomo!
The hike to the top of the Duomo was life threatening and also life changing. I am SO GLAD we did it, but I am real real good with not doing it again. I almost cried coming down, and literally kissed the ground when we came out. That was like 900 stairs of death people. We were a hot, sweaty mess.Behind those shades is fear...and amazement.
And back on track....
Original doors to the Baptistry. Solid gold and unbelievable!
I should perhaps note that we also did the Uffizi Gallery (You know, the home of my friends: Botticelli, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and company) and Academia (The David and Michelangelo's The Prisoners) one day, and you cannot take photos in either of these museums. They were fabulous, that is for sure!
We will return to Florence one day. Yes we will. This city left us wanting more and more. This city combined everything we love. Art, music, scenery, romance, religion, life, food, wine, and gelato. And much more.
Russ will tell you Florence is his favorite of all the cities! I tend to agree, but I cannot say that for 100% certain.
Emily and Russ