You haven’t seen anything until you’ve experienced the city of Florence from sun up, sun down. It is truly magic, from the moment the sun’s light touches the edge of the horizon, casting a blueish, pinkish glow, to the spellbinding fiery orange of the sunset. Nighttime doesn’t fall here until past 9pm, and the city officially goes to “sleep” much later than that. It’s the experience of walking around the streets with nothing but a map, a few Euros, and a sense of adventure. That’s how you explore the winding, twisting, turning streets of Firenze, each leading into different plaza with its own distinct quality, its own set of ristorantes and upbeat night bars, its own unique gathering of people. Firenze is a community of beautiful individuals who set the tone of this lively city: store-owners greeting you with a smile and an offer to help in broken English; European models strutting the cobblestone streets; runners expertly weaving their way through traffic; & flocks of teenagers and study abroad kids wandering the alleyways with their beers in hand. It is a cultural center filled with two main things: art and tourists, everywhere. After all, it’s one of the most visited cities in Europe. Art in Firenze ranges from giant statues by famous Renaissance sculptors like Michaelangelo, to grandiose duomos (domes) lining the ceilings of religious centers, to simple graffiti etched onto some of the walls. And there’s more. Aside from its numerous churches & museums, the city itself is a piece of artwork, ready to be navigated and explored. It’s something a tour guide can’t really tell you, but you have to wander and experience for yourself.
*blissful sigh* I’ll be back for you, Florence. I wish we didn’t have to leave; three nights is nearly not enough. Leaving my heart here forever.