Wednesday, 15 May 2013

A Quick Trip To Florence!!

I was really excited to go to Italy.  In Year 12 in high school I had studied Renaissance Italy history, in particular Florence and Venice, so from that moment onwards I had always wanted to go.  On Wednesday we finally left France and headed over to Florence.  Along the way we stopped at Pisa to have a look at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. 

The Leaning Tower of Pisa was amazing to see.  We got told that concrete was been placed under the building to stop it from leaning any further as they don’t want it to fall over.  I always thought that Pisa was in a field by itself, but it is actually in a built up area and is surrounded by a church and shops.

Pisa!!!

After Pisa we made our way to Florence and we arrive in the mid afternoon. We had a few spare hours to entertain ourselves, so a few of us made our way in a taxi to go to Academia to go and see the statue of David.  The Statue of David is gigantic and stands at a whopping 5.3 metres!  The detail in the sculpture is amazing, from his fingernails to the veins in his arms.  Unfortunately you cannot take a photo of David; however here is a fake photo.

The fake David in all his glory!

We then left the museum and went for a walk around Florence with a group of friends.  We were trying to get to the markets, however we got lost along the way.  We finally made our way to them and brought a few bits and pieces.  We then went to a bar for a drink, just before meeting the Topdeck tour group at a restaurant for dinner.

The next day we had a guided tour of Florence, run by a local.  The walking tour was really good and my highlight was the Duomo, which is a huge cathedral that took 100 years to build, but you can certainly see why!

Duomo in Florence - Simply amazing!

The rest of the tour saw us looking at old bridges and buildings (sorry but I can’t remember their names).  After the walking tour we made our way over the Leonardo’s Leather to watch a leather demonstration and to buy some authentic leather goods.  In Florence in the markets there are so many stalls saying that they sell genuine leather, but we learnt that is normally all fake.

We then had a little walk around Florence and we stopped and had some pizza.  It was so good that we went back for seconds!!

Italian Pizza!!!

Our time in Florence was pretty quick - less than 24 hours, but I would have to say that I loved every moment of it!  Florence is a beautiful city and my photos in this blog do not do it any justice.  Florence is a fantastic introduction to Italy and I can't wait to see what the rest of Italy has to offer!!

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