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16 Hours in Florence

written by Elizabeth Ashley September 6, 2016

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We only had about 16 hours in Florence but we still saw so much! When we arrived at our (most amazing yet) AirBnB, we were greeted by our host, who told us about the best places to eat, drink and see.

We started at the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, which held breathtaking art, as well as a replica of Michelangelo’s David statue. Florence is also the home of the original David,  unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to see. We then walked down to Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge that was first opened in 1345. The bridge was filled with expensive jewelry stores that no average person can afford (*cough* Patek Philippe *cough*). We had dinner at a small intimate restaurant on the other side of the bridge where we met a few other Americans. I knew the moment they walked in the restaurant they were American by their candid southern drawls and “typical loud American” voices. It was two middle-aged couples, they reminded us so much of our parents lol. This might be weird, but talking to them was a moment I enjoyed so much because they felt like home.

After dinner we walked up to Piazzale Michelangelo. It is a place to look out over the Florence skyline and enjoy yet another replica of Michelangelo’s David. We got so many great shots there and also ate our body weight in gelato. 🙂 We were so tired from our day we decided to go watch Netflix and get some sleep.

When we woke up we had breakfast at a cute place right next Basilica of Santa Croce. It was such a peaceful and beautiful morning. After breakfast we walked to the Duomo of Florence. Italy is really spoiled when it comes to their churches, in every city they have at least one massively, over-decorated cathedral. Braxton and I both decided not the bring cameras and to just enjoy the morning to ourselves, which is why we don’t have photos (#sorrynotsorry). We took in the Duomo’s breathtaking size and beauty then it was time to catch our train to Rome.

With Love, Elizabeth Ashley

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