Travel Diary – Florence, Italy

How I loved Florence, or Firenze, as it is known in Italian. The food, the people, the arts, the culture and the laid back atmosphere were all equally amazing. Our first stop was at a quaint restaurant for a massive heaping of pasta. After dinner we were served some shooters… we found out later that it was local custom to sip them. Oops.

The next morning, after some delicious cappuccinos, we took part in a walking tour of the city. We saw…

A replica of the statue of David in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, where it originally stood.

The notorious Ponte Vecchio (quite literally the old bridge).

Many “love locks” – lovers place padlocks along the bridge and throw the key in the river as a symbol of their eternal love.
The recently opened old town hall of Firenze.
The impressive Statue of David, completed by Michelangelo at age 29 in 1504, in the museum Academia.
It seemed way bigger than the replica, although both are the same size.
The Duomo, the grand scale of which I didn’t realize until I saw a panoramic view of the city.

Then we returned to the Ponte Vecchio to watch the sunset.