This summer I was so thankful to be staying in Rome, but I knew that if I was going to be anywhere nearby Florence then I had to go and visit. The small city certainly did not disappoint! On only my second day in Italy I hopped on a train and headed through Tuscany to one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I went with two of my girlfriends and we had the very best time!
The first thing we did was head over to the Galleria dell’Accademia which is a museum dedicated to Michelangelo. There was a two hour wait to get into the museum so we ended up booking a tour last minute and skipping all of the wait. I definitely recommend doing this if you’re planning on heading to Florence because not only did I get to skip the line, but I also learned so much more about Michelangelo’s life and the artwork we were seeing. The most famous piece in the museum is Michelangelo’s statue of David (which was absolutely incredible), but there are also paintings by Botticelli and a few other big-name artists. I even found a painting that I studied in art history class!
This was the only museum we did this trip, but next time in Florence I want to go to the Uffizi Museum. It’s the biggest museum in Florence and has one of the best collections of art in the entire world. I was sad we couldn’t make it to that one, but I guess that means I just have to go back!
After our tour of the Galleria dell’Accademia we walked around the Duomo which is one of the tallest and most beautiful buildings in Florence. I studied the church in my art history class last year so I was really excited to see it in person.
Then we stumbled upon the cutest little restaurant at lunchtime and had a delicious meal of spaghetti al pomodoro. I’m 99% sure that I ate spaghetti every single day this summer and I never got tired of it!
After lunch we just headed a few blocks over to the Basilica of Santa Croce which is a gorgeous church where some amazing historical figures are buried. It was covered in frescoes and it was an absolute dream to walk through. We were able to explore the church and see the beautiful memorials dedicated to Florence’s best and brightest such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and so many more. The church is said to have been founded by St. Francis himself!
Our next stop was the Palazzo Vecchio- one of my favorite places in Florence. We climbed all the way up the tower to get a bird’s eye view of the entire city and it was absolutely breathtaking. We decided to do this instead of climbing the Duomo because we actually wanted to be able to see the church. If you only have a short time in Florence I would definitely recommend climbing the tower instead. You get amazing pictures and there was no line like at the Duomo!
After climbing all of those stairs we rewarded ourselves with gelato. This sweet treat is definitely one of my favorite things about Italy!
One thing that we really wanted to do was to go explore the Boboli Gardens, but unfortunately they ended up closing at five that day so we weren’t able to visit them. Instead we decided to take a little break after walking so much in one day. We sat on the most picturesque stairs overlooking the river for about an hour and then headed to our final stop for the day.
To finish our day trip to Florence we climbed all the way up to the Piazzale Michelangelo to watch the sun set over the city. The weather was perfect, someone was playing the violin, and it was probably the most gorgeous view I have ever seen. After taking our fair share of pictures we sat down and enjoyed our final moments in one of my now favorite cities.
This was my first Italy experience and it was certainly one that I’ll never forget! Stay tuned to hear about my other summer travels!
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