Italy: Welcome To Florence

March 28, 2018

By Tab Byrum

We’re off to the third city on our Italian vacation and its the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence. Florence or Firenze as it’s known in Italy is a city of over 300,000 people and the capital of Tuscany. Florence is filled with art created by some of the greatest artists with the names of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Titian and so many more. We found the city of Florence to be amazingly hospitable and had some of the best food we had on the entire trip. The architecture is amazing everywhere but especially in the Town Square and on the Ponte Vecchio. Join me today for an introduction to Florence as we hit the highlights and I’ll focus on certain aspects of the city in the coming days. Enjoy!!!

This is the main town square in Florence, on the left is the Baptistry, in the middle is the Duomo or Cathedral with the Dome rising in the background and on the right is the Bell Tower. You may have seen this in photos but none of them can do it justice, it is STUNNING. 

We rented apartments in all three of the Italian cities we’ve visited thus far and this one in Florence was probably our favorite. 

It’s a small flat run by Windows on Italy with a living area, kitchen, bathroom and the bedroom is a loft area. 

Here’s a better look at the staircase that went up to the bed loft. It was perfect. 

Upstairs there was this bench and dressing table which we didn’t need and a VERY comfortable bed. I can’t believe I didn’t get a pic of the bed, just know it was big, white and very comfortable. 

The bathroom was awesome with a shower, toilet, sink, and bidet. There was also a washing machine under the stairs across from the shower, having a washing machine on these extended trips is great because it allows you to pack lighter and do a load of laundry or two at night. There wasn’t a dryer but there was a drying rack and things dried pretty quickly overnight. 

The Arno River runs through Florence and separates the oldest part of the city from the other side. There are several bridges that cross the river and it’s no problem going back and forth at all. 

We spent one morning on a tour of the Uffizi Gallery and saw amazing works of art like The Birth of Venus by Botticelli. 

That same tour also took us to the Palazzo Vecchio which is the city hall in Venice and houses the rooms and apartments of the city’s past rulers including The Medici. The Palazzo is filled with amazing works of art. 

Adoration of the Magi by Fabriano is also among the many amazing works of art in the Uffizi Gallery. 

Looking up the Arno River after dark from the Ponte Vecchio. 

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