Florence in May is a beautiful sight. There’s a burnished gold hue on everything. And no I don’t mean Instagram filters. Side streets and alleys never looked this good. Tolkien said, “Not all who wander are lost”. Obviously, he wasn’t talking about me wandering around Florence. The good news was, after stepping off the train from Venice. Our hostel was only a couple of hundred meters from the Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station.
Piazza della Repubblica on a lazy afternoon
So what did I do in Florence?
Checked in at a Youth Hostel complete with bunk beds and screaming teenagers. I was lucky enough to take a selfie in a hallway that was surprisingly youth-free. For more info about our hostel, click here: Euro Trip 2: Checklist 3. Accommodations
Visited the magnificent Santa Maria del Fiore Basilica with the green and pink marble facade. Just wow. The most amazing Cathedral I have ever seen in all of Europe.
Oh yes Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and Dante and the Medici Family but did I visit a single museum or gallery? NOPE. Sorry world, culture heathen here. The plan in Firenze was having no plan. At least I was able to go to Ponte Vecchio, a very old bridge that was built during the Medieval times with lots of stores, mostly jewellery.
Walked around. Had some spritz. Walked some more. Ate Chinese food. Walked again. Got lost. Rode a bus. Took the wrong bus. Got lost. Ate pasta. Had some more beer. Ate Gelato. Crossed a bridge. Missed the bus. Walked further. Got lost in the hills. Went shopping. Met some Brits. Got free beer. Exchanged some hugs for more free beer. The most exciting part of the trip? Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding at Forte de Belvedere. No, we weren’t invited.
Well now, this won’t do…
This is a bit amazing since I have read Dante’s Inferno
After living of pasta and bread, this was the most awesome restaurant in Florence.
So what did I do in Florence? Had fun, that’s for sure.