Day to Explore Florence – Day 5

Date: 13th August 2014

What we Did: Today was our day to explore the city and we were so excited. We researched in the room where the “must see” areas were and went on our way. Our first stop was to look inside the Cathedral, we waited in line for ages and I was given a kind of scarf to cover my shoulders. The Cathedral inside was nice, however it was a little bare compared to the one in Sienna that we were in yesterday. Again as it is a major tourist attraction it was rammed with people and parts were so crowded you could only just move. We really wanted to climb up into the dome to get the views across the city but the line was too big, maybe next time.

Next on the list was to see the famous statue of David by Michelangelo (replica). This again was busy with people trying to get their photo with the statue. We walked on through the small streets to climb up to Piazzale Michelangelo, which we read to have the best views of the city. On the way to the steps we could also see the Ponte Vecchio, I couldn’t believe how this bridge doesn’t fall over! There are so many buildings that look like houses stuck to the bridge it looked crazy. This was a long walk up a steep hill with lots of steps, in the heat it made it twice as hard. The view at the top however was totally worth it. We grabbed some waters and a gelato and sat to watch the view.

We then headed back down the hill and walked over to Palazzo Pitti. This was a lovely place to sit and people watch and we grabbed a takeaway pizza to pass the time while sat in front of the huge building. We wasted a few hours sat here people watching.

We needed to head back to the room to pack up ready for the next adventure tomorrow. On the way back we managed to catch the sunset over the city which was stunning.

Food and Drink: We did so much exploring today that we forgot to eat proper meals! We grabbed a pastry from the bakery in the morning.

Dinner at Totto Atto where we had takeaway pizza. It was really good, how does pizza taste so good on the hot plate in Italy but not in the UK.

The Highs: The views from the top of Piazzale Michelangelo were amazing. We highly recommend grabbing some gelato and enjoying the views. We were glad that we decided to go up here rather than going up the dome.

The Lows: There were no lows today that I can remember. It was a lovely relaxed day walking around a breath taking city.

Up Next: Moving onto Rome

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