Florence, Italy


Florence is a stunning city with a great history. It is home to many historical buildings and important pieces of art.

Florence CathedralOur first stop in Florence was the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, the main cathedral in Florence. It is grandiose in size and design. The church reminded me a little of the Taj Mahal, because of the colors and materials. Then we headed down to the Basilica di San Lorenzo, which is in the main market area of Florence. There were several shops behind the church with a variety of goods for sale; shop keepers were peddling belts, leather, handbags and more. We also went to the Galleria dell’Accademia. It is an art museum in Florence. And I saw Michelangelo’s David! It was so cool to see another famous piece of art. I loved getting a 360 degree view, because you don’t usually see all of David’s angles. We weren’t supposed to take pictures, but I sneaked two in before I was told to put my camera away. My stomach was acting really weird, so we headed back to the hostel where I proceeded to enjoy a two-hour nap.

Palazzo Vecchio's DavidLater we headed to the Piazza della Signoria. It is is a lovely plaza with several great statues and the Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence. There is also a copy of┬áMichelangelo’s David statue in front of the town hall. And nearby is the impressive Fountain of Neptune. The plaza was filled with people strolling around and a variety of street artists painting portraits and sidewalk murals.

We had dinner at a restaurant called Osteria de’ Peccatonri. Dad got some spaghetti, and I had a delicious gnocchi with speck, pine nuts and a decadent cream sauce. Every bite I took was so good. It was one of the tastiest gnocchi dishes that I have had. After dinner we headed to the Basilica of Santa Croce for a quick visit, admiring the exterior of the lovely Franciscan church.

FirenzeOur final morning in Florence, we headed up to Piazzale Michelangelo for some great panoramic views of the city. It was really a good vantage point and an excellent spot for pictures. And there is yet another replica of Michelangelo’s David. When we got back to the hostel we rested for about an hour, and then caught a train to Pisa.

We stayed at Hostel Santi 7. The hostel is huge! It was previously a convent and was attached to a church, which still has services. It was a pretty sweet place to stay, and kinda fun to say I’ve slept in a convent. It isn’t in the most convenient location, but you can still get to the major attractions with a fairly short bus ride.

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