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Discover the charm of Florence with Cynthia Vincent, who visited the beautiful city with her fiancee.

The beautiful city of Florence

The River Arno in Florence

It all began in the month of February when my husband (then my fiancé) surprised me with a gift on my engagement. It was a white envelope with a leaflet. I opened it with excitement and I was bowled over by what I had found. The envelope contained two tickets to Italy. I was told that we would be travelling to Rome, Florence, Pisa and Venice.

Rome was a place I wanted to visit at least once in my life, and my love for Florence had begun when I started reading Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’. That began the journey of planning, packing, visiting, enjoying and carrying back truckloads of memories from Florence.

Florence is a part of the picturesque province of Tuscany, which is filled with landscapes and wineries that are worth a number of portraits. We reached Florence by train from Rome (I did not want to miss the scenery).

On stepping foot out of Firenze’s (that’s what Florence in called in Italian), Santa Maria Novella Railway station we found a Hop In Hop Off bus which carries tourists around the city. If you have no clue about the places to visit in Florence then this service is a must try. After dropping our luggage at the hotel, we walked back to the railway station and headed to our first destination.

We stayed in Florence for 2 and half days and toured around the whole of Florence on foot. That’s the best way to see the city. Explore the lanes, use a map and walk carefree.

 

Day 1: Florence

The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella in all its Gothic glory

The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella in all its Gothic glory

Since we reached Florence in the afternoon we had only half the day to look around. Visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. This Tuscan Gothic-styled church is a must see place in Florence. Walk through the side walls of the church noticing the marbled structure and reach the Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Try the Tagliatelle Tartufate Pizza at the Grillo Restaurant opposite the church.

Walking through the streets of Florence was peaceful with less crowd and friendly residents. Every street was serene and calm with not many vehicles moving around the town. Our next stop was a bridge that crosses the Arno river, called the Ponte Vecchio. At the end of the bridge you will find a corridor called the Vasari Corridor. Spend a few minutes at the corridor and you will find yourself mesmerized by the silence of the evening breeze by the water. We grabbed a gelato and walked ahead to discover a few more streets that hosted shops with amazing sculpture and art work. In fact, the whole of Florence is filled with replicas of Michelangelo’s world famous David and Dante’s works.

 

Day 2: Day Trip To Pisa

Be prepared to get amazed by the leaning tower of Pisa

Be prepared to get amazed by the leaning tower of Pisa

We took a train from Florence to reach the small city of Pisa which is again a part of Tuscany. It took us an hour. While in Pisa all you would wait to see is the mighty Leaning Tower. But Pisa has a lot more to offer such as the Piazza Die Miracoli (the Cathedral in Pisa) which is exactly adjacent to the Tower, the Massive Baptistry and the Camposanto. But the best vision of Pisa would be the Tower that stood so elegantly surrounded by the green landscape. The moment I spotted The Tower in front of me will always remain in my memories for years to come.

Camposanto Pisa or the Monumental Cemetery in Pisa was built in 1278

Camposanto Pisa or the Monumental Cemetery in Pisa was built in 1278

Back in Florence we spent the evening at Palazzo Strozzi which is a palace with collections and walked almost 5 kilometers to Gardino Delle Rossa which has around 100 varieties of roses spread across a garden. Climbing upwards we reached Piazzo Michelangelo from where we had a hill view of Florence. You will find a few musicians playing live music. Sit at the steps and enjoy the view.

The Cathedral in Pisa is another architectural marvel

The Cathedral in Pisa is another architectural marvel

 

Day 3: Museums And Artwork

Artwork at the Loggia Die Lanze open air museum

Artwork at the Loggia Die Lanze, an open air museum

Day 3 was filled with visits to museums and works of famous artists. We found Dante’s statue and also the house where he was supposed to have lived for a few years. Do not miss the Uffizi Gallery and the open air museum called Loggia Die Lanze. Also in the same piazza is the world famous Michelangelo’s David.

There are number of museums to cover in Florence like the Casa Di Dante, Museo Nazionale, Galleria Della Academia etc. Visit the Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens, and last but the best of all, the Florence Cathedral called the Il Duomo. The massive Dome and Goitto’s Bell Tower are something that will leave you speechless!

The Fountain of Neptune at the Signoria square in Florence

The Fountain of Neptune at the Signoria square in Florence

We ended our third day by taking a bus to the small village of Fiesole, which is 17 kms from Florence. On gathering some information from Antonio, the host at our hotel, we decided to visit this village. The bus ride takes you upwards through the Tuscan mountains and leaves you on a hill top from where you can not only have a view of Florence, but also the scenery of Tuscany. This was the place where I fell in love with the region of Tuscany. The pine trees, gravel and the mountains will make you realize that heaven can indeed be found in a few places on earth!

We went to Florence in the month of July which is supposed to be a holiday season and covered with tourists. Yet Florence will gift you with peace and serenity. I wish to visit this one in a million places again in my lifetime.

 

About The Author

Cynthia Vincent

Cynthia Vincent

Cynthia Vincent is a writer and blogger by passion. She slipped somewhere down the line and landed up being a Software Engineer. An Author in the making,she loves travelling and can spend an entire day reading books in the balcony of her home in Mumbai, India. Given a choice, she would love the travel around the world and describe every travel in the most captivating way as possible.
Follow her on her blog Whispers in the Wind: www.blogatcynthia.blogspot.com where she pens down Short stories, Memoirs, Book Reviews, Travelogues, Poetry and a lot more.

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