We arrived in Florence today around 9 a.m after catching a 7:20 train ride. It was beautiful to see the Tuscany hillside as we travelled, Leonardo thoroughly enjoyed looking out the window! It rained all day here, but that didn’t stop us from seeing some of the top spots in Florence, including the Piazza del Duomo, or Cathedral Square. Here we saw the Santa Maria Basilica, the main Church of Rome, climbed the adjacent tower to get a beautiful panorama view of the city, and toured the museum. The ceilings of the churches we visited were what struck me the most, as they were so ornate and spectacular. We also walked around the city and experienced the personality of Florence as well as seeing a few sculptures in seemingly endless piazzas, or squares. I found it to be cleaner, smaller, and more fashion centered than Rome. The food here is also slightly different than that of Rome’s, focusing more on meats, beans, and speciality pastas that are unique to the Tuscan region.
Tomorrow we will continue to tour, visiting the top museums and other highlights of Florence. Boy is the wine here in Tuscany benissimo!
Arrivederci for now!