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Postcards from Italy: Firenze, Part 2

Dear friends,

We're still here, in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and a city well-known for its art and architecture.

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Now, back when we were in Rome, there were a lot of tourists, but not THRONGS of tourists in any one place.  In retrospect, I think this is because there are so many things to see in Rome . . . but they're all spread out . . . so people don't get terribly congested.

In Florence, though . . . it's another story!  There is MUCH to see in Florence, and it's all crammed together in a very small area.  So crowds of tourists are all trying to see the same things -- all in the same place.  There are throngs EVERYwhere in Florence!  Here's a typical street scene, just across the Ponte Vecchio bridge.  (See what I mean?)

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My sister and I took to calling it "RenaissanceLand" -- because it reminded us of Disney Land (like . . . right before the parades).  There were always big crowds of tourists at all the major sights.  It was overwhelming and exhausting, just getting around.

But totally worth it!

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We took a small group walking tour with a wonderful guide on our second day in Florence.  It was delightful!  She showed us all the best things in Florence, shared interesting stories, and - best of all - knew all the shortcuts!

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Our tour began in the Piazza Della Repubblica, where an antique carousel is a popular attraction!
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I took this photo for my knitting friends. This building had been the Renaissance home of the Wool Guild!
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Some of the building "hardware" was really intriguing!  I loved this . . . a fire-breathing dragon.
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Although we didn't partake, we did keep hearing about the famous Florentine steak!
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These wine bars were everywhere in the streets of Florence! See the little rack to the right of the doorway? That's where you can set your wineglass while you socialize out in the streets with your friends!
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The best gelato in Florence -- hazelnut and pistachio!

In Florence, though, it really is all about the art!  My favorites . . . 

David (the real one this time. . . which is so much more awesome than you imagine it will be. . . ).

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The Baptistry doors (and especially the Gates of Paradise).

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And the Duomo -- the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral.  So beautiful and so impressive!

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But now, my friends, we have wine to drink and pizza to eat!  (For soon we head to Venice. . . )

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Ciao, bella!

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Debbie

I visited Italy 10 years ago in early March. When we were in Florence, it was cold & rainy, but there were no crowds. I love seeing your pictures of Florence in the sunshine!

margene

David! How much do I love this treasure! The dome of the cathedral is stunning. I could study it all day. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your Italian adventure.

Jo

Wine and gelato--life is good!

Carole

Oh, those crowds! It must have been a bit overwhelming. Thanks for the pictures of David from the front AND rear. ;-)

Patty

Ugh...the crowds. You gotta make the best of it though right?! When in Florence...Loving this tour Kym!

Sharon R.

I love Florence! The Duomo is gorgeous and I spent hours walking around the Baptistry. I was mesmerized. But I must say, my favourite thing was the shopping! I was in heaven in the market. I still have the purse that I bought there!

Vicki

Oh, so beautiful!! Lovin' your vacation. :)

Marilyn

So many people! I might have freaked. o.0 But I can tell it was worth it...so many beautiful and interesting things to see.

Mary

I can't believe it was five months ago that we were there. Thank you for sharing your photos and memories...Florence is truly magical.

Vivian K Watson

I loved David So. Much. I brought him home on a cheap poster, and then spent a LOT of money framing him in a magnificent gold ornate frame. He hangs in my bathroom above the tub. So worth it....can you believe he is really cold hard marble?!! Incredible.

Chloe

Your photos have been taking me back. To when I was young and the streets in Florence were not thronged with tourists and when there was no such thing as a bad meal in Italy, and to recently when I took a trip to Rome and it felt to me just as you mentioned -- exactly like Disneyland in many places, and one meal which actually tasted just like The Olive Garden. I am glad you had a good time despite all the hordes and the funny elevators. The Art of Traveling really requires being able to go with the flow and you and your sister are great at it. Thanks for the spectacular pictures.

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