Florence, a city as beautiful as its name, was so easy to fall in love with. From the Steak Florentine to the breathtaking art and the rich European history, there’s just so much to love and adore about the place.
Let me start each European travel post with the food because let’s be real. Food is pretty high on the list of reasons I travel. Steak Florentine, one of the most famous Tuscan dishes, is basically a super thick T-bone steak with a super crusty outside. To really experience this dish that was eaten by the Medicis themselves, I had to eat it two nights in a row. Of course, I had to compliment it with some Truffle risotto (YES, REAL TRUFFLES AND NOT JUST TRUFFLE OIL!) and a couple glasses of Tuscany’s own Chianti wine. So freaking good.
Thank God there were so many places to walk to because I was so full after every meal. I explored the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery and the Pitti Palace. After three days in Florence, I learned everything there is to know about the Medici family, the Italian renaissance and the lives of each and every artist. Quiz me. Ask me anything. I dare you.
My second day, I bought a train ticket to Cinque Terre, and at the last minute, I decided not to go because I was feeling a little under the weather. I knew if I had gone and hiked the villages, there was no way I was going to be in good shape for the next week and a half of more traveling. I was sad at first, but I took a guided tour of the Uffizi instead. It was so expensive, but tbh, I have no regrets. I learned more in those few hours than I probably did in that one semester of high school AP World History.
Yeah, I wish I could’ve seen Cinque Terre in person, but I guess that’s for another trip 😉 For now, I’m just really glad I was able to fully experience Florence and actually learn so much about the importance of the city during the Renaissance that was such a pivotal time in history.
Next Stop: Venezia, Italia. Stay tuned for my next post!
Thanks for doing life with moi!