36 hours in Florence

Firenze, Italia


What a fabulous weekend I had in Florence! My friends and I took the early train out of Roma’s Termini to Florence SMN on Saturday morning. The train ride was easy! It took about an hour and a half to get there & I slept the entire time. We stayed at a lovely airbnb in the San Niccolo neighborhood. Pictured above are the owners cute plants!

We spent all of Saturday exploring. We hit some of the major sites including Basilica di Santa Croce di Firenze, Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and San Lorenzo Market. Below are some pictures from the sites!

We dined for “brunch” at Le Vespe Café where I had a vegan wrap–it’s been a while, and a delicious cappuccino! We also all enjoyed their homemade chocolate banana bread and vegan cookies.

After more exploring we had HUGE AMAZING paninis from All’Anitico Vinao, which was recommended to us by our fellow students. You must go here! We finished the night off with Gelato (Nutella and Crema for me) and a nice Syrah from a local wine market.


The Duomo

The front Facade of the Duomo in Florence, Italy.
The architecture of the Duomo is unlike anything I’ve seen in my entire life. The facade seems to be a mixture of Italian and Russian influence. For those of you who don’t know the Duomo is the most famous building for tourists to visit in Florence–for good reason!
This is entrance to climb to the top of the Duomo, notice the gorgeous fresco above the door depicting Mary, Jesus, and an angel.
The inner view of the Duomo featuring gorgeous paintings. I could stare at this for hours!


Said a little prayer for my sweet Grandma Polly whom I owe a lot to.

The Riverside



Michelangelo’s David from the Academy Gallery.
The streets of uptown Florence
Amazing 360 views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo.

I loved Florence & I would have loved to spend more time there. The city is very different from Rome because the neighborhoods are very attached to the city center. The entire trip was fantastic. I especially enjoyed walking around the back streets of the neighborhoods where one could randomly happen upon an extremely important historical site (such as Galileo’s house)!

I am also in the middle of learning about Machiavelli in Philosophy, so it was awesome to see where he lived as well! Florence is a slower paced city than Rome, but the history is just as rich and the people are just as cool.

36 hours just weren’t enough, but those 36 hours were absolutely life changing!



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