Travel :: Florence

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy Hump day! Today we get to pick Ruby up from the vet after her surgery! I'm both excited to have her back home with us but nervous about this whole recovery process. Eek!

Okay enough of my dog mom problems, today I'm sharing my favorite photos from our 2 days in beautiful Florence! I didn't expect to love Florence as much as I did, its so charming and everything is very walkable.

Our first stops after dropping off our bags was the Duomo, Baptistry (which was covered in scaffolding so I didn't bother taking a photo of the outside), and Giotto's Campanile (bell tower).  In true Steve fashion, we had to climb the bell tower. I got to the first level, which was pretty high, before I had enough and Steve ventured to the top without me. 

Front of the Cathedral {left}, Inside the Baptistery {Right}

View from the Campanile
We also saw the David statue at the Accademia the first day. Unfortunately no pictures were allowed but it was huge! The level of detail is amazing, you can see the veins in his hands! I recommend purchasing your tickets online (here) for both the Accademia and Uffizi Gallery. The line at the Uffizi was huge, even in the off-season, so you'll thank me later.

We walked over to the San Lorenzo market and perused the stands, where leather shop owners kept trying to sell Steve jackets that were "perfect for his broad shoulders." ha! We didn't buy anything but I enjoyed walking through there. We ate lunch nearby at Ristorante Osteria Pepo, it was quick and delicious.
 
After lunch we headed to Ponte Vecchio. Its basically all jewelry shops there now, but you have to walk through because its so charming!

We stopped at Gilli near the Piazza della Repubblica on our way back to the hotel for sweets. It was pricey but everything was so delicious! We got the "Cat Eye" cookies, at least that's what Steve thought was the translation, which you can see in the top left of the photo below. We also picked up a cannolli and some macarons. I would love to have all of those right about now!

We stayed at Hotel il Guelfo Bianco, which was just a couple blocks from the Cathedral. We had a huge room with a view of the Duomo and an extremely comfortable bed. The breakfast was okay, but I did love the fancy cappuccinos!


Our second day in Florence involved a ton of walking, but it was really fun exploring. Our first stop was the Uffizi Gallery, which had an amazing collection including some famous Botticelli, Titian, and Rembrandt pieces. We took a few photos at the Palazzo Vecchio afterwards and then headed to Piazzale Michelangelo.

 

It was a long trek but it was worth it for the views! On our way back down we stopped at Gusta Pizza, which is a must for the most delicious wood-fired pizza! It was easily the best pizza we had and we wished we had each gotten our own rather than sharing... yes, I'm aware that we are pigs.

To top it off we got some gelato from Grom, which is right next to the Cathedral.


Pretty street lined with lots of eye candy in the form of Celine, Burberry, Hermes, etc.
For dinner our last night we headed back to the market area to eat at Trattoria Za Za. We sat inside because the outside tables were packed. The service was slow (I think that's a European thing) but the food was delicious and totally worth it. I'll give you one guess as to what I ordered...


Overall, Florence was a hit! We loved seeing the Cathedral and Duomo lit up at night on our walks back to the hotel. The next morning we headed back to the train station to catch our fast train to Venice! We used the new-ish Italo train company for this leg of the trip, and the "Prima" seats were really comfortable and worth the extra couple euros.


If you missed them, you can see more pretty pictures from Rome (part one and part two) and Siena

19 comments:

  1. Seriously GORGEOUS photos! And I am SO glad Ruby is coming home :)

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  2. so beautiful!! i miss italy!!! florence was such a pretty city and i loved that it felt really safe at night! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  3. Oh Florence... such a dreamy place. And Gusta pizza is by far the best pizza I have ever had!

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  4. Ahh I just love looking at all your pictures!!

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  5. Beautiful photos! Brings back memories when I visited Florence.

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  6. Stunning! Your pictures are amazing. What I would not give for an Italian cappuccino to wake this girl up on this chilly Wednesday morning!

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  7. oh my lord. this seriously made my heart skip a beat. gorgeous. i cannot wait to go to Europe, and Florence has always been a must do. thank you so much for sharing!

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  8. Loving the photos!! This is making me so excited for our trip! What type of bag did you use to carry your camera?

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  9. Oh my goodness I LOVED Florence! These pictures are beautiful! I miss the gelato like no other! (for some reason I always got the fruit flavors like cantaloupe and honeydew- so good!)

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  10. My favorite place in the world! Love love love it and I'm so glad you had Trattoria ZaZa! :D

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  11. Loved Florence and Grom gelato! Brings back great memories. We climbed to the top of the Duomo (scariest experience ever!) but it looks like the Camponile would have been the better option. :)

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    1. Oh man, you so SO brave. I took one look at the Duomo and told my husband there was no way I was climbing it! haha

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  12. Ooh that gnocchi! Florence is so amazingly beautiful. Glad you all got to experience it all first-hand. I want to go back!!

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  13. That gnocchi looks amazing!! You got some great pics! Hope little Ruby is doing ok!!

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  14. Ah, SO pretty! That gnocchi looks delicious -- and what is that drawing on the placemat, lol??

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    1. It really was, especially with the perfect weather we had! :)

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  16. I absolutely love Florence!! So beautiful and alive. The cappuccinos were heaven too! I want to go back to Europe so bad!!

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  17. SO pretty!! did you book your train tickets ahead of time or the day of?

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