Our three hot days in Florence were fantastic. We did make a slight error in timing, meaning we arrived on a Friday evening and spent the weekend. This is an error because not only do you get the regular bus loads of international tourists but you also get local tourists from other parts of Italy having a mini-break. This means A LOT of people all vying to get into one of several of the must see attractions in the city.
This was a shock considering last time I visited it was the end of winter and the crowds were significantly smaller. However we battled on as one must when faced with these situations, keep calm and carry on never felt so important!
Our first day was exploring the city, we walked from our house in Rifredi and into the old city, a decent 45 minute walk with the Tuscan sun beating down on us. We soon figured the bus was a better option and it saved our feet!
We ticket off all the major attractions in our three day visit, plus a few new ones for me, these included the Piazale Michelangelo, The Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the crypt and the Baptistery of St. John, the Santa Croce to see all the celebrities buried there amongst who include Dante, Michelangelo and Galileo to name a few, the Uffitzi where the famous ‘Birth of Venus’ and the ‘Primavera’ by Bottichelli, Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze to see Michelangeo’s ‘David’, and the Ponte Vecchio watching all the people drool over the sparkly jewels in the windows.
We had lots of wonderful food and some excellent gelato, the best part was the people watching. Watching the crowds and tourists being tourists is half the fun sometimes!