Here is the Florence installment of my Italy Photo Diary. You can view my Rome installment by clicking here.
I’m so glad we got to experience both of these cities; after visiting them both I could not pick them apart or say I preferred one over the other. They are both fairly different from one another but I love and appreciated both equally for different reasons. Florence had more relaxed vibes than Rome but was far busier than I expected. It’s uniform of terracotta roofs and Tuscan colour scheme made it endearing, and the Duomo truly is a stunning thing to look upon everyday. Unlike Rome where we walked a hell of a lot, Florence was refreshingly compact and it was easy to walk everywhere with minimal exhaustion. The only thing that challenged us was the walk to Piazzale Michelangelo, which for the stunning view was 100% worth it!
We stayed in a B&B called Locanda dei Guelfi which was lovely. It was in a beautiful old townhouse on the top floor. It was very near the train station so we were able to walk straight there on our arrival. The breakfast was nice, a buffet style with plenty of choice. It seem Italians don’t do cooked breakfast, instead a light, sweet one.
As I said before, Florence is a very walkable city, so exploring is easy without getting (too) lost! We of course visited the Santa Maria del’Fiore aka Florence Cathedral or Duomo, which was much more impressive outside than it was inside, but a must see because of the amazing architecture. The Piazza di Santa Maria Novella was a lovely place also, we went back to it many times. One time a man was busking to a large audience and the atmosphere was so lovely; he sung some real classics 🙂 We didn’t actually go into any of the art galleries as we felt there were other things we wanted to do more, and the idea of queuing and being packed into small galleries was not appealing… Especially after our experience in the Vatican Museums where I think I probably could have passed out at any moment. The Ponte Vecchio was a novel sight, the whole bridge is lined with jewellers which I didn’t know before! I’ve never seen so much gold lol. The Piazzale Michelangelo is a must-visit as the view of Florence and the surrounding mountains was spectacular.
Going through all these pictures again has made me miss it! I would love to go back to both Rome and Florence, but would also love to visit the other great Italian cities like Venice, Milan and Verona. As a country it has so much to offer!
I hope you’ve enjoyed looking through my holiday snaps and maybe they’ve inspired a visit to Rome or Florence in future.