This was my third visit to Florence and after reading that November was usually quieter for tourists I was surprised to have to dodge so many people on our way from the station to our accommodation. The streets and piazzas were humming, but it was the weekend and upon arrival at our hotel we discovered that the Pope was coming to town and that was when it all started to make sense. We were told that the Pope would be passing underneath our hotel window and that it would be the first visit by a Pope in almost 30 years.
On this trip we didn’t visit the Uffizi or see the David however we did spend time hanging out in Piazza della Signoria, I love the loggia and spent quite a bit of time with the beautiful sculptures residing within. We also went for a stroll across to the other side of the river, a lovely part of Florence that is home to wonderful artisans and the Antico Ristoro di Cambi where we tried the famous and delicious Bistecca Fiorentina. Florence is perfect for strolling and it seemed that wherever we went there was something for us to enjoy, whether it be gelato, coffee or a work of art.
Thank you for the photos!! This really brightened my day. I am smiling as I type. When I was in Florence many many years ago as a student, would you believe, the galleries were on a three day strike till the last day of our visit : ) but as you say Florence is for strolling and there were sculptures everywhere and beautiful weather and the most amazing bridges (and food, of course). I have been reading about ‘Gap Year’ for Seniors, maybe I will start making plans for one of those! I can use your blog for my guidebook : )
You’re welcome Cherie and thank you for the lovely comment. Florence is perfect for strolling especially with all of the beautiful art and architecture in the open and free for all to enjoy. Have a great week 🙂
I’m jealous 🙂 🙂