Hello from Florence, the final stop in our Italy tour. This post is brought to you from the lovely Gilli caffè, where I’m enjoying a delicious caffè shakerato, which is basically a sweet iced frothy coffee. Italians really do know how to make their espresso, although everyone here seems to drink it standing up in a hurry at the bar of the coffee shop. I prefer to sit and enjoy mine slowly, while blogging of course!
Florence is truly stunning. It’s far smaller than Rome and prettier too. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, the city is unsurprisingly full of beautiful art and architecture. We’ve focused our energy on art this week in order to see as much of the Renaissance classics that Florence has to offer.
The Galleria degli Uffizi was amazing; full of some of the most famous Italian art in existence. We took our time admiring the classical sculptures and Renaissance paintings, including works by Titian and Boticelli. After several hours there we moved on to the Bargello, where we saw some incredible sculpture.
One of my favorite moments in Florence was getting to see Michelangelo’s David sculpture in the Accademia Gallery. It was pretty crowded and bustling but worth pushing through; I can’t believe how lucky we’ve been to see so much famous and beautiful art on this trip, I’m counting my blessings every day.
We climbed the steps of Giotto’s Tower of the Duomo di Firenze, the city’s amazing cathedral, to get incredible views of Florence and the Tuscan countryside that lies beyond the city. I feel so envious of the people who live here and get to see these beautiful sights every day. Italy really is such a special place.
I should probably also mention that the food here in Florence was just as awesome as the food in Rome! We’ve tried to avoid touristy places in the center of the city, and that seems to have worked well. Every meal has been a treat.
Only a few weeks left of our European adventure and I’m dreading going home!