Lake Maggiore was breathtaking but I always knew Florence would be the main event. We had planned it as an early anniversary getaway – a few days eating all the gelato, fresh pasta and burrata in the land is my romantic ideal.
The morning after a beautiful ceremony, we raced to Florence in our tiny rented Fiat (when in Rome). After dumping our bags in the Hotel David and taking them up on their offer to have some wine and antipasti in their courtyard, we walked into the melee of Italians getting ready to settle in to watch the Germany v Italy match.
Florence is no doubt crowded, but that doesn’t take away from its beauty. The Cathedral and Ponte Vecchio are musts and in my eyes the Gucci Museo is too, but that’s probably debatable dependent on who you ask. Gucci is having a serious moment right now, and I couldn’t resist seeing some vintage logo action and some Tom Ford nostalgia. It’s a fashion itch you need to scratch if you are in the founding city itself. Husband didn’t agree, but i think he appreciated the beauty of the museum at least; it is right in the heart of Florence and just a few minutes walk from the Duomo.
Pisa is such an easy trip from Florence, especially if you have hired a car. It had been on my bucket list, but let’s call it the “B” category one – the one that it wouldn’t matter *that* much if you hadn’t got to it. I’m so glad we took a few hours out to do it, however – it’s nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Whatever happens, don’t make a schedule or plan your days too much – just walk around and absorb. You’re in Italy!
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