This past August and September I was lucky enough to be able to go back to Italy and my first stop was Florence. Back in 2010, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy. It was one of the greatest experiences in my life. I was so excited this year when I found out we were heading to Europe for a wedding and I could show off this amazing city to my husband who had never been.

On the first two days we were there we just explored Florence. Our first stop was the leather market. It also happened to be where my apartment building was. The white building in the first picture is where I lived for five months. Several things had changed in the six and a half years I had been gone, but at the same time so many things felt so familiar. It was so easy for me to get around and show Chris everything. We had to see the Duomo it is the most iconic architectural building in Florence and you can’t walk many places in Florence without passing it at someone point. Although we didn’t get into the Museo de Accademia to see the original Michelangelo’s David, we did see both of the replicas outside. We made a stop at the Ponte Vecchio during the day, evening and at night. What can I say it’s just to pretty to not get multiple pictures. I had to make a stop at my old school the Florence University of the Arts or FUA for short and take some pictures. Near my school is the beautiful church, Santa Croce, we went inside to see several of the tombstones of Italians Renaissance era’s greats. We also managed to get into the Uffizi Museum and see some beautiful Renaissance art. Yes, we packed a lot into only a few days.

On day three we took a tour of wine country. We traveled throughout Tuscany stopping at three different wineries and sampling everything from wine to cheese to meat. It was a wonderful day in the countryside and I would recommend it to anyone staying in the Tuscany region.

On our last day in Florence, we explored the city at night. We went up to Piazzale De Michelangelo and saw the beautiful city from above. From the river, I took pictures of the Ponte Vecchio and it was lite up in all purple to celebrate Florence’s birthday. We ended the night at the Duomo one last time before walking home. It was an amazing trip to Florence and I’m glad I got to share it with the one I love this time around.

 

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