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.
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!