6/12/14

Florence, Italy.

Back to travel posts! 

After Rome, we headed off to Civitavecchia to catch a boat that would take us to other cities on our agenda. We highly encourage this kind of transportation, and we love Norwegian. I realize now that I only got two or three photos on the boat, so you'll have to trust me when I say how lovely it was - amazing dinners every night, Blue Man Group, breathtaking views. The works, you know? We're into it. 

Anyway, our first stop was Florence. We booked an excursion for this stop, because you really can't visit the city without one (it's a solid hour and a half away from the port). Our tour guide was full of fun facts (I love fun facts!) on the way there, so we were pretty jazzed by the time we got off the bus. Also, we'd been on a bus for an hour and a half, so we had other reasons to be jazzed. 

I'll let the photos tell you. 
^^this is the Basilica of Santa Croce, where Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini, and other influential Italians are buried. we ran out of time to go inside, but I wish we hadn't.^^
^^we stopped in this little cafe for cappuccino when we first arrived. it was beautiful, and so quiet. good choice, us.^^
^^I was so obnoxious while I was trying to get this photo. some serious side-eye directed my way.^^
^^the cutest, right? also, free wifi.^^
^^and this! we didn't stop here either, but it's cute.^^
^^the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo). dizzying.^^
^^and the area around it isn't so bad, either.^^
^^ok, so then we had the fantastic idea to climb the dome portion of the basilica. nearly 500 steps? child's play. and we got in the line.^^
^^here we are, all blurry-like.^^
^^the inside of the main portion of the basilica is really enough to see on its own.^^
^^while we were in here, we were told that we had to go wait in another line in the crypt (yes) to buy tickets for the dome. then, as we were buying tickets, we realized we were hungry. if you give a mouse a cookie... kind of.^^
^^we went to find food, and found lots of other pretty things along the way.^^
^^the food, though. I'm thinking gnocchi is served every day in heaven. (side note: Blake would tell you this place "wasn't that great." whatever.)^^
^^and look! the fake David just across from where we were sitting. he was looking especially dashing that day.^^
^^after lunch, we did actually climb the dome, which is not for the faint of heart. the level of exertion was no problem, but the traffic and congestion in there? insanity. claustrophobics not welcome. but did I mention the view?^^
^^back down we went, and right into this creepy puppet store. is there a way for puppet stores not to be creepy? if you haven't struggled with this question, maybe it's time you did.^^
^^finally, the Ponte Vecchio, in all of its glory.^^

Off to Cannes next!

1 comment:

  1. Your trip to Italy is the stuff dreams are made of. I can't wait to someday find our way there, toddler or no toddler in tow. :) Thanks for sharing all these posts.

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