The Cradle of Renaissance – A week in Florence

In August of 2016 I visited what is, in my opinion, not just one of the most beautiful, but also culturally and historically rich cities in the world. As a lover of history and art it had been a dream of mine to go to Florence and experience the works of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Donatello, Dante and Galileo. Little did I know that, being bathed in summer sunshine, the city itself would be one of the finest pieces of art I had ever seen.

August was a fantastic time to go as the weather was really warm. Temperature range from 18 to 31 degrees. Here are a few things I did in Florence.

I went to several cafes. Cappuccinos are the best in Italy hands down for an obvious reason, it’s an Italian drink.

Of course I visited the Galleria Accademia which houses Michelangelo’s famous David and numerous other paintings from the renaissance. I did not visit the Uffizi museum as the lines were always too long or it was closed. I do plan on visiting Florence again soon mainly to finally visit this museum.

One cannot go to Italy and not marvel at its spectacular architectural brilliance. Naturally while in Italy I visited the Florence Cathedral, Santa Maria Novella, Duomo and Orsanmichele.

I roamed around the Palazzo Vecchio in palazzo pants and eventually found the statue of Neptune in the Piazza Della Signoria.

Fashion addict that I am I could not resist walking down Via de’ Tornabuoni which is probably my favourite street in the world. I did a little shopping and a lot of window shopping.

I indulged in some delicious Italian cuisine which is some of the finest in the world. I also visited the Gucci Museum / Cafe and had the most fashionable dessert ever.

On my last night in Firenze I went to the Ponte Vecchio to look over the Arno which was especially beautiful at sunset and then enjoyed a delicious cocktail in the Westin Excelsior Florence Lobby bar.

All in all this was one of the most amazing holidays I’ve ever had, I would definitely recommend it and will be planning a trip back very soon so maybe I’ll see you there.

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