We spent a couple of days in Florence as the second leg of the Italy portion of our trip. Florence is beautiful, and quaint – at least in comparison to the really large European cities.
The city center is very tourist-centric, full of clothing shops and restaurants. We’re not big on shopping, so we spent a lot of time walking around and just enjoying the old streets, and soaking in the atmosphere. We ate some great pizza and pasta, and some amazing gelato from a place called GROM (thanks to Jeffrey’s friend Ben for all the recommendations!). GROM also had spectacular hot chocolate … which we can say truthfully because we had it two times over the course of our visit.
We also visited the Uffizi Gallery, which, as you can imagine, had a lot of really really old art and sculptures. Very cool.
Here are some photos! It rained a lot while we were there, so we didn’t take too many.
Anna next to the “Anna” store:
Streets of Florence:
The Arno River and Florence hillside:
View from Giotto’s Campanile (we climbed many many steep stairs to get up there):
Top of Giotto’s Campanile in the daytime:
Top of the Florence Cathedral:
Steps to the Piazzale Michelangelo:
Jeffrey makes a new friend on the steps:
We found a cemetery on the way to the Piazzale Michelangelo:
We got this photo from the top of the Piazzale before it started pouring rain – too much rain to take any more. At that point, we decided to leave for Rome.