June 27-28, 2016
So it’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to put up my blog posts. Reality has gotten in the way…but here it goes!
Florence, Italy was such a great city! I absolutely adored the mixture of ‘Old Italy’ with a more modern city (my Mom was a bigger fan of Venice, which I completely understand). You could be walking down a street reminiscent of the Renaissance era one second, and the next you feel like you’re back in a much more cosmopolitan city.
Our adventure started with a Hop On Hop Off bus pass, as we arrived well before our AirBnB check-in time. We took the bus up to the Piazzale Michaelangelo, which is a plaza on a high overlooking the entire historic city center. The views of Florence were extraordinary. You could see the Duomo across the Arno River, and the rolling hills gently sloping behind the city. It was a perfect quick afternoon trip to get an idea of the city we were about to explore.
That evening, we checked in to our AirBnb; after so many days of being on the move in Venice we were ready for a quiet night. We ordered pizza delivery, sat on the patio, and enjoyed some Tuscan wine.
The next day, I had one goal – and it was to see Galileo Galilei’s tomb at the Basilica of Santa Croce. Mom and I made our way to the church and entered into a beautiful and vast room filled with tomb upon tomb of famous composers, artists, philosophers, astronomers – it was jaw dropping. Not only did I get to see Galileo’s tomb, but I also got to see tombs (and some funerary monuments) of Michelangelo, Dante, Marconi (shout out to my fellow radio peeps!) and so many more.
Top off those tombs with works of art from – Donatello, Giotto, Vasari…I could go on and on. It was such an experience for the history/art lover in me to walk past all of these in one place (without the insanity busy museums).
That afternoon was spent strolling along the streets of Florence, eating food, drinking wine, and just spending time in Italy with my Mom. Not a bad first couple of days!
On the next post, my Mom and I explore the Duomo and head off on a Tuscan wine adventure!