It has always been my life long dream to visit Italy. And it was everything I could have imaged and more. I was there from January 23-26, giving us 2 full days with Florence.
Started off our trip with Michelangelo’s Plaza. It’s up quite the flight of stairs but gives stunning views of the skyline of Florence – it’s so easy to see that the Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore, especially the Duomo dominates the sky. You can also see the popular Ponte Vecchio (bridge).
Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore is breath taking. I was actually surprised by the light pink and green stones of the building. Also the detail and size of the building is magnificent. Where ever you are in the city, you can always see the Duomo peeking through the streets. You can enter the church free of charge, but i wasn’t too impressed with the interior, however, the large duomo painting was really pretty. To climb the Duomo, or see any of the sights/attractions around the Piazza del Duomo, there’s one ticket. It lasts the day and you get entry into all of it.
Climbing to the top of the Duomo was terrifying. I really don’t consider myself claustrophobic, but the stair case was extremely narrow, low and had no windows. The stairs going to the top of the Duomo painting were mainly spirals and got dizzying very quickly. After that, you climb in the actual Duomo part, which gradually runs parallel to the Duomo walls. it was very narrow again but this time, you had people coming and going at the same time and there was not enough room for 2 people to walk side by side. so half the time you’re hugging the wall trying to let the people pass or stuck in a narrow hallway. The last part you are going vertically up the Duomo which is very steep and it’s like you’re walking up a ladder, it’s not too long and we actually stop a lot because of all the people coming and going. But after all of that, the view from the top is all worth it.
Can’t go to Florence without checking out an art museum. One of the great museums of the world, the Uffizi Gallery houses the premier collection of Italian Renaissance art, featuring works by such masters as Botticelli, Titian, Michelangelo and da Vinci. The only one i could really recognize was The Birth of Venus as seen above.
Michelangelo’s statue of David. Wow. It’s located in the Accademia Gallery and it’s the center of attention. I thought that maybe the gallery would have been bigger but nope… and that’s totally fine. The statue itself it huge, I think if I were to stand next to it, i would come up to his knee. And the amount of detail in the marble, with the veins in his hand, the muscles on his arms and body. Even the pose of David and facial expression. it truly is spectacular.
Saved the best for last: Food. Italy was paradise for my tastebuds. I never knew food could taste this way. The gelato, pasta, pizza, panini, tiramisu, oh my god, wow!! If food was colour, everything that I have ever eaten before this trip was black and white and coming to Italy, it’s full vivid colours. The quality of the food is outstanding. We kept going to this one panini place right next to the back of the Duomo, and when entering, they let you taste test all of the meat and cheese and then let you decide what you’d like. They made the panini’s as if for family, using only the highest quality of ingredients they had. I am now addicted to Italy and thats fine by me.