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Hey there happy travelers! Today's post is about Florence, which is a gem of art and architecture. There is something around every corner. Florence is also famous for it bikes, which became obvious as soon as we arrived.
That's a sidewalk that that bike is resting on. The sidewalks in Florence are super super narrow. This means, that pedestrians, bikes, scooters and cars are weaving in and around each other in the street. I did not get a sense that traffic laws mean much here. And the bikes are usually very very old, and honestly, pretty cool. You can hear them clanging down the cobblestones all over the place. It's quite a site. Pat actually saw a man on his laptop riding his bike in pretty busy traffic...they are pros here! Despite the charm, I would be very hesitant to rent a bike here. If you only ride on quiet suburban streets on a rare occasion, you will not be equipped to handle the bike traffic here. I was pretty sure I was going to be hit by one, or ten...luckily I wasn't! But that means you can admire them from a safer distance.
We were staying at the Florence Old Bridge B&B. We stayed in very typical hotel room. It was about a block or so from the Ponte Vecchio which was really nice. The real gem about that hotel though is the roof top terrace which they have set up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was one of my favorite spots.
The Ponte Vecchio is famous for its jewelry and leather shops. The whole bridge sparkles with what is on display there.
One of the most impressive buildings that we saw in all of Italy was the The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, often refereed to as the Duomo. The architecture is amazing, and the details were spectacular! We got there just before it opened, and it meant that we didn't need to wait in line. This is great for two reasons, 1) who likes waiting in lines, no one! 2) the stairways in the Duomo are really narrow, which makes going up and coming down a bit tight. So if you're one of the first ones in, you don't have to compete with people who are on their way down. There's really only room for one person at a time. So, if there's people coming down, you have to move to the side. Since we were there early, it wasn't a big deal at all. But I can see this being a huge pain if there's hundreds of people waiting to go up or down at any point in time.
You do not buy your tickets at the entrance, there's a shop in a building in the square with kiosks for you to buy your tickets.
There is art to be found down nearly every street. We stumbled upon the square below, which was full of statues, and an amazing fountain
We could have spent so much more time here exploring all the the art and beautiful buildings. It was much busier than everywhere else we had been to so far, but to be fair, there hadn't been cars in any of the cities we had been to so far, and the traffic was a big part of what made it seem so busy.
I couldn't get over this fountain. It looks like he jut conquered the world, and he wants everyone to know about it. It was so impressive and beautiful.
Overall, Florence was beautiful with all of its warm gold colored buildings and abundance of art and culture. It's definitely worth a visit.
I hope you all have a great week!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz