Florence

Florence is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region. It's the birthplace of gelato, Michelangelo, and Leonardo Di Vinci. It's chock full of beautiful art, and there is so much culture and history that my brain had a low-key information overload.

One of the first stops on our walking tour through Florence was the magnificent Duomo. The beautiful pink and green church (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) is in the centre of the city and man oh man was it something else! 

From the church, we did a shitload of walking. But we did see pretty much everything we needed to see in Florence, including the Loggia dei Lanzi. Basically, it is a massive open art gallery that houses multiple Renaissance sculptures. 

One thing we didn't do while in Florence, was see the most famous man there. David. One of Michelangelo’s most famed Renaissance-era marble sculptures. You had to pay to see him, and apparently you queue forever. So, we skipped that to make the most of our afternoon.

Super funny story. I'm not one for PDA but I was taking a photo of this statue and bridge and didn't realise that these two oldies were having a pash until we got back to the hotel. I did have a pic without them in it but I just thought this one was so hilarious. I swear i'm not creepy!

Because Florence is the birthplace of gelato, you can bet your bottom dollar that I had some while I was there. But, our Topdeck Trip Leader JC also reccomended that we try one of Florence's famous sandwhiches. A Panino con Lampredotto I believe they are called. Unfortunately I wasn't game enough to try the more traditional Tuscan treat where it is filled with cooked cows stomach, but I still had a pretty delcious one.

While in Florence, I also headed up with a few mates to a rooftop bar on top of a department store. It was gorgeous up there and we had a cocktail that was one of the strongest in my life and I was lowkey a bit pissed once I finished it lol. Classic.

Overall, Florence was beautiful! I just don't think I had enough time to experience everything it had to offer. I would love to go back and visit more of Tuscany!