Florence - Italy

Florence - Italy

Al Fresco - In the open air 

Hello everyone! The last stop on my spring break trip to Italy was the beautiful and historically rich city of Florence (Firenze) Italy. Being a history major, this was one of the most important stops of the trip. After all, Florence is the birth of the Renissance. Here I visited world famous museums, climbed high atop the famous duomo in the center of the city, and saw priceless works of art by

Michelangelo, Donatello,

and

Raphael.

 The bulk of our trip was centered in Florence and it rained almost the entire time. Nonetheless we still persisted on from morning until night exploring, learning, loving and living.

We took a bus from Rome to Florence, with the stop to

Siena

 on the way. The bus ride wasn't bad at all, even though we were dead tired from explorations all week. I loved seeing the beautiful Italian country side, and was very excited to arrive in Florence.

The beautiful city, Florence. On one of the more prettier days there.

We took a walking tour of the city upon arrival and after checking into the hotel. Which was so cute! This is just a taste of the beautiful architecture just right out on the open that the Italians walk by every day. 

An incredibly detailed statue in the

Piazza Della Signoria

A stone replica of

Michelangelo's David

. This was where the original stood after its completion and after time it was moved inside the Academia museum for protection. 

Just a couple more photos of the Square

The next day we woke up early and headed to the Uffizi Museum. It was a huge museum, where it was a labyrinth of paintings and sculptures. After a few hours we were exhausted and decided to grab a coffee to warm up/wake up before we moved onto the next museum. Java!

Theres ME!

And here is my travel buddy, Shane!

Some views of the heavily flooded Arno river in Florence! 

Just walking around the streets of florence was an adventure. The weather was great that day, clear skies and decently warm. The whole city is so old, with cobblestone streets and vendors selling scarves ( I bought three!) and all sorts of people out and about. They had these places called snack bars where you could grab a sandwich, drink, or coffee. They were everywhere. I absolutely love walking around these types of cities. I could do it all day long, which is mainly what we did. 

It was Shane's 21st birthday and we made the hike up to the

Piazzale Michelangelo

 for the best view of the city! 

BEAUTIFUL!

Me in front of Florence. It looks photoshopped! 

Another replica of David, this one is Bronze. 

Oh, ya know. Just the nearby fortification walls. Normal.

The Next day we were heading out to the

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

to climb to the top of the duomo! Along the way we stopped in the 

Piazza Della Signoria

and stopped at this spot to see where the famous Savonarola was burned. If you are a history buff like me, you'll probably find this as awesome as I did!

Outside the 

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore !

Some pictures inside the 

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore 

A monumental and beautiful cathedral. 

Looking up to the painting inside the Duomo.

 A closer work at the detail!

Over 400 steps later we climbed to the top through winding tiny passageways, stone steps, and crowds of people. It was such a fun experience and a great adventure! Despite the horrible weather (we had umbrellas on top) the view was worth the climb.

Yours truly atop the duomo! Florence was a city that I'll never forget and I can't wait to revisit someday!

Although it was a bit short, alot of things were not included in pictures. For example, unfortunately I was not allowed to take a picture of the statue of David. A photograph couldn't capture its beauty anyway. 

Some random photos from the trip that I've collected. 

Shane celebrating his 21st! At the bar next to our hotel where we became regulars and best friends with Luigi, the awesome italian bartender. 

Me having a glass, because I'm in Italy of course! 

 The gang on top of the duomo, sharing an umbrella. I love these guys! 

 Casually climbing into tiny holes in stone walls. Ya know. 

Me and my crazy rain-ruined hair in front of the famous

Ponto Vecchio

 where the most beautiful jewelry in Florence is sold. 

Alas, my spring break travels have been blogged. I hope that you all enjoyed and found this inspirational or at least entertaining! My summer is jam packed  adventures after graduation. Washington DC, Canada, Germany(hopefully Switzerland) just to name some that I have in the works. I look forward to sharing my travels with you in the future!

Ciao!

Summer