As an art student, I grew up learning about Renaissance art along with many stories during that period. And from that experience I always wanted to visit Florence, a city of the Renaissance. After months of planning and saving, my fiance and I finally booked our trip to Italy. Our first time in Florence was incredible. My fiance and I arrived early on a Friday morning at 11am. We were so hungry and tired. The first thing we did after check in to our hotel was getting an Italian Pizza. We wandered into a nearby restaurant and it was quite delicious.
After our breakfast / lunch, we decided just to walk around the city with our map. We stopped by at The Basilica di Santa Croce located by Piazza di Santa Croce. It’s the largest Franciscan church in the world since 1294. After going through all the 16 chapels inside, we decided to move on to another place.
Gelato – A Sweet local Delicacy In Italy
Day 1: Arrived in Florence, The City of Renaissance
Day 2: Piazzale Michelangelo, Panoramic Views of Florence.
Florence for Foodies: Inside San Lorenzo Market
Pontassieve, A Medieval Village in The Heart of Tuscany.
(Just arrived in Florence, Italy)
(Waiting for our pizza)
(The Basilica di Santa Croce)
(I love dogs, even when I’m in Italy)
(Nice strolls through the streets)
Next stop was the Piazza del Duomo, a small piazza surrounded by Duomo, Baptistery and The Campanile bell tower. All the cathedrals were quite impressive and the biggest highlight was looking down from the dome’s observation deck. I think I have to give myself a “you did well” sticker because I’m afraid of staircases and heights. I managed to climb up 436 steps with my fiance and saw the most breath-taking city view of Florence in a 360 degree perspective. After enjoying our stunning views, we went back down the same way we came. We then headed to the Piazza della Signoria before we head off to Uffizi Gallery.
(At Piazza del Duomo)
(Inside the Duomo)
(We finally made it to the top after along climb)
(See, isn’t this view stunning?)
(Another view form the top)
(I finally catch my breath)
The last stop before our dinner was the Ponte Vecchio, a famous bridge in Florence. It sat on top of Arno River and lined with many jewelry shops. There were musicians that play on the bridge at night and the lights of the water reflect it’s true beauty. We finished our day with a nice Italian dinner. That night we learned so much about Florence and I have to say the city of Florence is home to some of the most beautiful art in the world.
(You see love lock everywhere)
(I can’t take my eyes off them)
(Many shops there)
(My appetizer – octopus salad)
(My entree – Seafood pasta)
(I love the night sence)
(Nice walk back to the hotel)