Monday, 10 December 2012

Florence

 // Cathedral // dome inside the cathedral // pretty carousel at night // posing on the carousel // 
// drinks at the Hard Rock Cafe // Ponte Vecchio bridge at night //

I mentioned a while ago that I'd been a bit absent from blogging because I'd been away on holiday, so I thought I'd show you guys what I got up to. Sorry for all the pictures! Hopefully it loads okay for everyone. 

We travelled to Florence, in Italy, after a few days of visiting Josh's sister and her boyfriend in Southampton. We left from Bristol airport, very early on the Tuesday morning and arrived home on Saturday afternoon. 5 days and 4 nights felt like the perfect amount of time to spend in the centre of Florence! We went to visit our friend Jess, who moved to Florence in September to become a nanny. She doesn't have to work between 9am and 3pm, while the kids are at school, so we met up with her on some of the daytimes and she showed us around the town. It's awesome to have your own personal tour guide who knows what you'll find interesting and enjoy seeing!

We saw loads of beautiful cathedrals - they're all so grand and intricately decorated! The domed ceilings are all painted, similar to the second picture above, and you could stand and look at them for ages because there's so many different elements to see. We also went and saw the famous painting called The Birth of Venus  by Boticelli and Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture. I'm not a massive art gallery fan, but I really enjoyed the Galleria dell'Accademia where the David sculpture is on display. They were showing modern art mixed throughout the historic paintings and sculptures, which was really interesting.

While we were in Florence we were typical tourists; going on the carousel, eating loads of ice cream and way too much pasta and pizza! The food we had while we were there was amazing. I took a couple of pictures of meals (I wouldn't be a blogger if I didn't!) but most of the time I was too excited to eat it, so just got stuck in! We also visited the Hard Rock Cafe, where we had the most expensive drinks I have ever experienced. It was €8 for a single measure of Southern Comfort and lemonade! But the atmosphere of the bar made up for it - there was so much cool music memorabilia to look at, we spent about an hour just wondering round and looking at everything on display!

Overall, I had an amazing time in Florence and I'm so jealous that Jess gets to live in such a beautiful city. I would definitely recommend visiting for a few days if you're after a city break (there is a massive selection of designer shops in the city centre too ;)).

Has anyone been to Florence before? Which is your favourite city to visit? x

11 comments:

  1. florence looks absolutely incredible i can't wait to visit, i've only ever been skiing in italy!

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  2. I went to Florence back in the day when I was at college.I spent most of the time messing around with friends and not really making the most of such a beautiful city! I would def go back there and pay more attention!

    Leanne @ Leanne-marie.com xx

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  3. Wow it looks amazing, gorgeous photos. It's such a beautiful city!

    Ellie xo
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  4. Aww you look gorgeous, what beautiful pictures too - looks like you had a fab time! X

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  5. I went there in June! I too couldn't believe how expensive it was!

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  6. Ooh it looks beautiful! Looks like you had a brilliant time. I was astounded by the prices in the Hard Rock last time I went to one... you definitely pay over the odds for the atmosphere.
    Kaz x

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  7. Looks like an amazing place to visit x

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  8. I went on a day trip to Florence when I visited Tuscany a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. It's a beautiful city and I prefer it to Venice unlike many other people (: xx

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  9. Definitely on my bucket list now =)

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