Anyways... Now that I’ve told you all the best places to see, I’ll share some pictures and stories from when we visited these places. First up, Uffizi Gallery...
On our first day in Florence we did a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery and it was absolutely the PERFECT way to start our Florence visit. Our tour guide was awesome, the art and her explanations were fascinating, and the tour gave us a great base of knowledge about Florence so that we could enjoy the rest of the city. The biggest downside of the Uffizi is that no pictures are allowed inside. But I still wanted to show a few of our favorite paintings from the Uffizi so here are some downloaded pictures:
This is possibly my favorite Madonna I've seen, even though I'm sure she is completely historically inaccurate cause of her blonde hair. But I just think she has such an angelic-looking face.
And, of course, the most famous painting at the Uffizi is the Birth of Venus by Botticelli...
Before spending the rest of the evening walking around the Pont Vecchio bridge and enjoying the night time entertainment, we had an awesome meal that started with this delicious appetizer (4 different kinds of sausage/salami, a bunch of cheeses and 4 different kinds pate’s on bruschetta- olive, artichoke, liver (not my favorite), and yellow pepper):
The next day we got a rare shopping bug and spent way more money than we should have on these extremely sexy leather jackets ☺ (don't mind the fact that this jacket absolutely does not work with Reed's shorts haha).
Not very responsible spending but I don’t even regret it! What we DO regret, however, was wasting time and money on these terrible “gardens” (just a bunch of trees, weeds and wild grass with a few moss-covered or decaying statues). These gardens are called the Boboli Gardens…Definitely avoid them.
To cheer ourselves up after our unfortunate experience at Boboli we decided to go out for a nice dinner. We looked up a place on Trip Advisor (Il Fagioli) and ordered their famous Florentine Steak. I would highly recommend Il Fagioli to anyone but make sure to get a reservation! The menu is in Italian so our waiter literally went one by one through everything on the menu to describe it to us. The people there are SO sweet and the food was fantastic. Their bruschetta pomodorro was the best we had in all of Italy and the Florentine steak was awesome. You will definitely want to share the steak since 1 kilo is the smallest size they have haha. They won’t even ask you how you want it cooked (they want to cook it the way they believe is the absolute best) and as you can see, some of it was quite on the rare side haha. But it actually didn’t bother us. I ate the least rare parts though and Reed ate the rarer parts. But they didn’t have that gooey texture or bloody flavor that steaks often have when they are more rare. It was an awesome flavor and an awesome ambiance. Great people, great place, great food. What more can you ask for? ☺
On our third day we went to see Michelangelo’s David. You aren’t allowed to take pictures of the David but he was just as impressive as everybody says. One detail we really liked was how his brow is furrowed as he contemplates the difficult task ahead of him (this statue is right before he kills Goliath). It’s little details in sculptures like furrowed brows, wrinkly skin, bulging veins in the muscles working hardest, or indentations in skin and muscles where pressure is being applied that really set amazing sculptures apart from good sculptures. The most impressive thing about David of course is just his sheer size. He is truly gigantic. Seeing him was definitely a highlight of our trip. What was NOT a highlight though was waiting in line to go see him :-/.
At the end of the day we went up to Piazza Del Michelangelo to watch the sunset over Florence. We also walked around to look at paintings a bit as we always enjoy doing in European cities.
Oh and this should have been placed on the day we went to the gardens but we had fantastic gelato at this place called “Café Pont Vecchio” (on the Pont Vecchio, obviously). It was a little on the pricey side but really delicious (so good I finished it before we could even take a picture!). However, I think this place called "Serafino" close to our apartment was even slightly better and much cheaper (though a little out of the way). If you go there, Reed and I highly recommend getting strawberry and kiwi gelato together. Another great place for gelato is Eduardo’s right by the Duomo. They pride themselves in producing all natural gelato and it’s really yummy.
Interesting artwork on the side of some building that looks like a woman peeking out of a window...