My first night in Florence was incredible! I love this beautiful city and all it has to offer. Walking aroundthe city you can just feel and see the history around you. We met up with my friend Ben at
Lion’s Fountain Pub last night also, which was a great way to see the city at night and have a personal tour guide.
This morning we visited the Uffizi Gallery Museum in the center of Florence. With a little difficulty
getting into the museum due to some other groups and a long line, we finally made it in and had our
Our tour featured famous masterpieces created by artists like Michelangelo, Botticelli and Piero Della
Francesca. It felt amazing to be so close to such historical pieces and to know how long these paintings
have been around. Our tour guide was very enthusiastic and was so knowledgeable about all of the
artists and pieces. My favorite painting was the Portrait of the Duke and Duchess Urbino by Piero Della Francesca. Our tour guide made us all laugh when she said very bluntly that they were very ugly people. She described their importance to the time and that the artist had to paint them in a left profile format because the Duke had lost his right eye when he was younger.
I wish we had had more time to explore the museum and see some of the pieces that our tour did not
cover. If I go back to Florence when I study abroad I will definitely try and come back here.
We spent the afternoon shopping and were free to explore the city. Julia and I met up with Ben and
went to the Ponte Vecchio. This beautiful bridge was the only bridge that crossed the Arno River that
was not destroyed during WWII. We locked away our friendship and wrote our three initials on a lock
and stuck it to the bridge (We are such tourists ugh).
After visiting the Ponte Vecchio we did some shopping nearby and eventually made our way to the
leather market! After some serious haggling I picked out the most beautiful brown leather jacket for
only sixty euro. I am so excited to wear this everywhere and am proud of my seriously awesome
Ben later took a bunch of us to a restaurant near the Ponte Vecchio that offers FREE WINE to college
students. I couldn’t believe it when he told me this. This was a real life heaven, who doesn’t love
awesome food and free wine? We knocked off a couple bottles and made our way back to our Bed and
Breakfast before venturing out for the evening.
I’m seriously falling in love with this beautiful city!