Getting our first train of the trip from Rome to Florence went better than expected! Let us just hope the rest of the train trips go just as swimmingly. We arrived at Plus Hostel which is only a 15 minute walk from the station. Our private room is lovely, and I emphasise the word private because I don’t think we could bare to be in a dorm with other human beings. I’m sure it is fine for some people, but it certainly wouldn’t be my cup of tea. A dorm full of kittens and puppies is my sort of thing. Anyway, as I have said our room is lovely, except that our air conditioning doesn’t work so I’m currently writing this with really clammy hands. In fact it’s so hot in this room that Jordan is currently cooling her feet in a sink full of cold water. Oh I do wish I had a cold flannel to cover my hands and feet. Anyway, you probably don’t want to hear about our clammy body parts. Florence is just lovely. If you’re looking for something a little quieter than Rome yet still has quirky cafes and culture then Florence is for you!
On our first day we decided to walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo to see the panoramic views and to watch the sunset. As we reached the top, the sun was setting and the live music being played just added to the stunning atmosphere. The panoramic views over Florence are gorgeous and I would recommend this hike to anyone thinking of visiting! Later, we had some tasty dinner in a quirky restaurant. So quirky in fact that one of their bar stools randomly broke in half. Luckily I wasn’t sitting on it. A child was. So phew for that! (…the child was fine). On our second day we visited the Galleria dell ‘Accademia which is where one can find Michelangelo’s David. I’m not really au fait with the sculpture scene. The only Michelangelo I cared about was a turtle of the Teenage Mutant Ninja variety. COWABUNGA! But Wow! Wow! Wow! It’s worth it. The rest of the gallery (except, perhaps, the musical instrument exhibition) isn’t really that fascinating but it’s worth visiting for the David Statue alone. Also, you’ll be pleased to know that we got our air con working, so no more bathing our toes in the sink #livingthehighlife
Our third day has been pretty quiet. As it is Easter Weekend, the streets are plump with people but we’ve decided to stay away from the crowds and have a stroll through the back streets. We queued to visit Florence Cathedral, which is basically the large building in the centre of Florence. It has different parts to it; the dome, the bell tower and the cathedral. We only visited the cathedral as it was…free! It is beautiful on the outside, on the inside….not so much. Perhaps harsh to say, but I’m not going to lie, It was pretty boring on the inside. We were grateful that the queue wasn’t long and that it was free! Overall, we’ve had a relaxing time in Florence. Now, on to our next stop…Venice.