Europe

Why I visited Florence (twice)

15th June 2014

Florence is like a diamond that I keep looking at from different angles to find more of her to love.  – Melinda Gallo

 

On my first trip to Europe in December 2008, I fell in love with this exquisite city and it’s rich and abundant art.  When I started planning my Eurotrip in 2013, I knew that I had to go back.  I had to have one more good long look at Michelangelo’s handsome David.

 

Perseus with the Head of Medusa

I absolutely fell in love the first time I was in Florence, standing on the Piazza della Signoria.  The sculptures in the Loggia dei Lanzi made such an impression on me that when I was back in Florence in 2013, the first thing I did when I got off the train was to go find it.  I hurried off the train, booked my bag in at the station and started walking in the general direction that I felt should be right.

 

I was quite ill-prepared, to be honest:  I only had a small map/guide that my host in Rome gave me.  Of course it was in Italian, so I could’t understand a word of it.  I just had to look at the pretty pictures of the art and find my way around.

 

Nevertheless, I walked and I walked and I eventually went around the right corner – and there it was! Siting on the steps eating my lunch (even though it was already 5PM), I just stared at David and all the art.  I just loved it there!  I remember so vividly what everything looked like; The Rape of the Sabine Woman, The Rape of Polyxena and especially Perseus with the Head of Medusa.  What beauty! I stayed on that step for as long as I could, just soaking it all in.

 

You will begin to wonder that human daring ever achieved anything so magnificent.
–  John Ruskin, Mornings in Florence 1875

 

The David statue

I spent some time in museums (I am a total museum junkie) admiring the art and history that Florence has to offer.  The rest of the time I just spent walking around the town wandering down all the little streets and getting completely lost.  My host and I went up one of the hills on my last night for a sun downer, and oh – how beautiful! You can see the view we had on topmost the picture of this post.

 

I was super lucky to have an awesome Couchsurfing host who took me around town.  We went to his favourite pizza place a tiny restaurant a few blocks from his house.   It was here I had Italy’s tastiest margarita pizza – super simple and incredibly yummy.  We accidentally met an American couple on holiday and we ended up spending the whole night with them, chatting and exchanging stories.  What a fun night!

 

It’s no wonder that Florence is one of my favourite places, with its rich culture, beautiful art, excellent pizza and the very best pistachio gelato.  If you ever get the chance to stay there for a few nights – do it.  Walk about the town, get lost in the streets (it’s inevitable) and stare at David.  You might just stay there forever.

 

B 🙂

 

Will you visit a place twice?
I visited Florence twice. Would you ever do the same?

 

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