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First Evening in Florence

Florence is one of my favorite cities I’ve been to.  I just returned from my second trip there, and I have so many amazing things to share with everyone!  After a little over a week in Italy I feel rejuvenated and even more inspired to travel!

I had a couple of bumps on my way there, but I finally arrived in Florence in the late afternoon.  My friend, Stacey, is studying abroad in Florence and was kind enough to let me visit her!  She met me at the train station and after a quick shower, we didn’t waste any time making our way around Florence!

Our first stop was Santa Croce, which I love.  However, the last time I went, I only went into the main church with all of the tombs.  It’s so beautiful and I felt so amazed standing in the presence of the tombs ofso many great thinkers and artists like Galileo, Dante, Michaelangelo, and Machiavelli.  This time when we finished looking in the church we actually took the time to walk around the other parts.  I had no idea there were other chapels, other tombs, an art museum and a leather shop, but I do now and it makes 5 Euro seem like a deal!  The art museum, although it’s not huge, had a lot of amazing art work.

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After we took our time to really explore Santa Croce (which I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Florence) we decided to just wander around the city because the sun had set and Florence is absolutely beautiful at night.  We walked across Ponte Vecchio, all around to Piazza della Signoria and then we ended up in Piazza della Republica, where we decided to ride the carousel.  It was a ton of fun and we were the only people on there over the age of eight.  Stacey said she always walks past it and never could get someone to ride it with her… So we did it.  Then after the carousel ride we walked around the olive oil and cheese festival that happened to be going on.  One of my favorite things about Italy- they celebrate their food all the time!

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I crashed early the first night, because I had been up for over 24 hours between all of my flights, but it was a great start to my Italian adventure!

As a side note I want to let everyone know, since I’ve been to Florence before I didn’t go to a lot of the typical places again, but if you want to read about my first trip to Florence you can read about it here!

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13 Comments

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    stacieswanderlust
    December 1, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Great post. I’m headed there in April for the first time and had not idea what to do and see – I just knew I had to go. Thanks for the insight.

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      ashleypaige4
      December 1, 2011 at 9:33 am

      You’re going to love it! I’m going to be posting a lot more about my trip this week, so be sure to check back in! Thanks for reading!

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    shawnandsuzanne
    December 1, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I’m living vicariously through you right now…. I think Italy is my favorite place in the world. Enjoy!

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      ashleypaige4
      December 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      Italy is one of my favorite places too, I had such an amazing time! Thanks for reading!

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    Little Fingers
    December 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Waw you are back with lovely picture and travelogue. I am so happy to see your posts coming..As usual lovely pictures and thanks for giving us a virtual tour 🙂

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      ashleypaige4
      December 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      Thank you for the compliment on the photos :). There’s a lot more coming from this trip, and thanks as always for reading!

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