Giardino Palazzo Ricasoli Salviati

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  • Day88


    October 10, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Florence was beautiful!! The Duomo was by far the prettiest building I have ever seen. We climbed to the top of the cathedral tower for a great view of the city. We also love the food in florence! We went to Ross' favorite pizza spot, had tons of gelato, and ate as much pasta as we could fit!Read more

  • Day19

    Day 19: Florence, Italy

    July 9, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    We got to Florence around noon and took the opportunity to walk around the city. We wanted to go see the Statue of David, but the line was 2.5 hours to get in so we said we'd give it a shot on Tuesday (since it's closed on Monday).

    The city is beautiful and the people are really artistically talented. The art and music certainly adds to the feel of Florence.

    We decided to go to the Central Market for supper and it was perfect. It's so nice and the food was really good. We had Caprese Pizza and Ravioli (we're still not sure what kind of meat was inside, but we think lamb). Zoe always bought us Spinach Arancini and two glasses of wine. When we got back to the hostel, Zoe and I played cards for a bit. It was a nice ending to the day.

    The sleeping part not so much. Our hostel is the most humid and hot place I've ever slept. Thankfully we got another fan, but it doesn't make much of a difference. We shall survive with only three nights, but makes me miss the good old weather of Canada (and air conditioning).
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  • Day21

    Day 21: Florence, Italy

    July 11, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We woke up early to stand in line for the Basilica. We stood in line for about 45 minutes before it opened and good thing we did because the line got crazy. We met some really nice people in line from California and Jersey so it was cool to talk to people and know the places that they were talking about.

    The church was beautiful, of course. We couldn't go up to the top as it was fully booked for the next two days, but we were happy with what we saw. We then went to Piazza Michaelangelo and had a really nice view of the city. We sat there for a bit just taking in the view. We also wanted to see the gardens so we took a walk over and walked around for a bit. The botanicals were closed as apparently they were being worked on so we didn't get to see them, but it was still worth the visit.

    After being out for a good eight hours, we headed back for some showers and took time to cool off (we were the only two in the room so we got to have the fans directly on us, it was heaven).

    On our way to the Galleria dell'Accademia, to see good old David, we stopped to get some gelato (no surprise there). I had dark chocolate and After Eight and it was really good until I tasted Zoe's chocolate mousse gelato and that was on another level. We ate our ice cream while we walked over to the museum and it turned out to be pretty cool.

    The Statue of David was huge and made of marble. We got to see a bunch of other paintings and statues during our tour. I can't get over how much detail was can be sculpted out of marble and even plaster. Thank god we went at 8 at night because there was a lot less people and we got in pretty easily and were able to really appreciate it all.

    When we got back, I chatted with our Australian and New Zealand roommates who were really nice. Apparently New Zealand-ers are referred to as Kiwis because they are named after their national bird. They showed it to me and it's one of the funniest looking birds, I encourage you to google it.
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  • Day241


    November 30, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

    This morning they held our bags for us while we went to see Romeos house.
    Pretty shit tbh. Just a door.

    We walked back to the hostel through Christmas markets - CANNOT WAIT FOR THE GERMAN ONES.

    We grabbed our stuff and walked towards the station. There was a Shakespeare head and quote I got a picture with.
    We had breakfast at a Burger place along the way because we weren't sure if where we were going have a food place or not so better safe than sorry - it was fantastic good and lucky we did stop because there was nowhere to eat after that.

    We waited for an hour for our bus then jumped on.

    It took nearly 4 hours because our driver got lost at the end. He had a passenger assist him to find the station ahah 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

    Walked to our hostel just as the sun was setting but found it easily enough.

    It's a pretty basic hostel but it will do the job.

    We went out for food - in Italian style we got lasagne, bruschetta and gelato 🙃🙃

    Back at the hostel and in the kitchen eating area charging our phones 👍🏼
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  • Day244


    December 3, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 4 °C

    Woke up on time AGAIN 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
    Went to the start of the tour.

    First stop was basilica di Santa Maria Novella.
    It's the same green marble look as the big ass Cathedral. I can't actually remember it's significance. Whatever it was it didn't catch my interest. 😓
    The tour started with a lesson which was just about Florence and it's history.

    We went to a street and found the first ever Gucci store.

    There was a take away wine hole he showed us in the wall from an ancient shop - put your cup in and it will be filled haha

    There was a palace which is now an art thing. But he pointed out the optical illusion of the bricks to make it look taller (they get smaller the higher you go)

    Main Cathedral, bell tower and baptistry was cool. He just talked about how they built it.

    We went to the square with the statues. As I already knew David is fake but Hercules next to him is real and are the rest undercover.
    They are next to another palace - now town hall I think.

    We saw some other churches and marks on a wall showing where previous flood water had risen too - VERY HIGH.

    We saw another church with a square covered in Christmas markets. Overall I was surprised by how little Florence had to offer lol

    Tour ended.

    We went to a resturant for food then headed to the Uffizie museum because today was free entry. 👏🏼👏🏼
    We saved 25€. 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

    The line was massive!!!! All the way up the street but it was slowly moving so we joined.
    30 mins later we had gone through security and got out tickets - in we went.

    The main reason we wanted to come here was to see "the birth of Venus" by Botticelli.
    Which we did and it was great.
    I didn't recognize a single other painting 😂
    Some were great others I don't know why they are there.
    There was a di Vinci so that was also cool. I didn't actually like it but hey, I saw it.
    The adoration of the magi I think?

    The roof was the real highlight to honest. It was SO VERY AWESOME. The wholeeee building was painted. It was the best bit by far.
    So many corridors and rooms I couldn't believe how big this place was and they only had seating in the corridor and not in front of the artwork - probably a technique to stop people dordling and manage the line out front.
    The windows had a nice view.

    Next we headed to the Pitti palace which housed the most important family of Florence.
    We wanted to see the garden but signage was shit so we couldn't find it - we saved another 26€ 🎉🎉🎉🎉
    The inside was amazing. I've seen a few palaces now but still constantly have my mind blown.
    They are beautiful 😭😭😭😭
    It was an art gallery in itself.
    We just walked through one of the floors (took ages) then headed home because we were freezing and our legs hurt. They were numb. Sooo cold 😨😨😨

    I fell asleep at the hostel until Will woke me to go get food.
    We got a take away pizza and ate at the hostel.

    My lips are so sore! They are so cracked and dry.

    I need to buy another beanie- my one doesn't cover my ears so it's bloody useless.

    My shoes reeeeek! I have to take them off in the bathroom then shove them quickly in a locker - they are so embarrassing.

    Will left the room to go to the toilet - a person entered the room with what looked like a packet of dried mangoes. I thought it was Will so I asked so very loudly "OOOO WHAT YA GOT THERE?!"
    It wasn't Will.
    I was ignored.

    Everyone heard me get ignored.
    I then muttered I thought you were someone else but not sure if he heard.
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  • Day16

    Day 7: Florence Florence and Florence

    May 21, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We just arrived in Florence today and its BEAUTIFUL. Today we had a tour of Florence and it's not as big as I thought it would be, but it is very peaceful compared to the other places we've been. Today we went to Leonardos leather shop and I bought three wallets for my family members. After that we had free time and decided to go to a coffee shop and all I can say is I LOVED THAT COFFEE!!!! That coffee was what made me understand when people said Italian coffee is the best. I have never had a coffee as good as that one and I wish I had more at this moment. I have always drank coffee, ever since I was young, it doesn't make me hyper anymore but it's more of a placebo effect for me. Every time I drink and smell coffee I think of my family and happy times. And when I took the sip of that Italian coffee I can honestly say I was in Nirvana. If you are a coffee lover I recommend trying it yourself, it's called Monalux, I asked. After that wonderful coffee we walked around and found a record shop, while Krystal was looking around I was standing at the balcony looking at the people and I would have to say, that was a perfect day for me. Later that day we had a group dinner and the food was great, I was a bit sad I didnt have more, I have the stomach of an American not European.Read more

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