Snapshots from Italy: Florence

May 3, 2012

Since we returned from Italy, I’ve been ranking Venice and Verona ahead of Florence. But looking at these photos again has me reconsidering!

We spent twice as much time in Florence than we did in Venice and Verona, and I think I would have preferred that extra day in Verona instead of Florence. Mostly because of the sheer number of tourists milling about. I found it a little difficult to get from A to B without tripping over someone.

This was the front “lawn” of the Palazzo Pitti. It was so funny to see everyone sprawled out on the concrete taking in the sunshine!

Our B&B was about four blocks from the Duomo and wherever you walked, you could see it peeking through the tall buildings. It was one of my favorite parts of Florence – the building is just so intricate and imposing.

See? The tourists are everywhere – and this was early in the morning!

On our last morning in Florence, we got in line early to go inside the Duomo. It was such a let down compared to the outside of the building. Although the floor was very fancy!

In Florence, we stayed in another pristine B&B. The building was very, very old. The ceilings in our room must have been 20 feet tall and they were beautiful old painted beams. The interior of the old building had been renovated and had a great mix of modern and ancient furnishings – think old Victorian dressing tables with lucite chairs. I think my sister found it a little echo-y, but wear ear plugs and slept like a baby!

And again, our host was so gracious and sent us off with lots of recommendations. Her recommendation for gelato was the best we had during our whole trip. She sent us to Grom, where Carolyn and I both had a cone with extra dark chocolate and salted caramel gelato. All day, the line was out the door!

We found Florence very easy to walk around – we walked from end to end several times – but the sidewalks are narrow and you have to share them with lots and lots of tourists. It was so nice to get away from crowds and walk along the deserted streets over by the Botanical Gardens.

Where we stayed:

B&B Gattopardo

Via dei Magazzini, Florence, Toscana 50122, Italy



  • Reply Kristin May 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    We spent a few days in Florence on our honeymoon 10 years ago. Lovely memories from reading your post and seeing your photos!

    • Reply emily May 3, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Thanks, Kristin! Italy would be so romantic on honeymoon! Perhaps you’re due for a repeat?!

  • Reply Michelle May 3, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I came through to your site from Creature Comforts. I love Italy and every time I come across pictures of it I just smile so thanks for that. Venice and Verona are on the list although I love Florence.

    • Reply emily May 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Welcome, Michelle! I loved Venice and Verona even more than Florence, if you can believe it. They were all beautiful and I can’t wait to go back soon!

  • Reply Carolyn May 4, 2012 at 3:40 am

    what the heck does grom mean, anyway?

  • Reply Meagan May 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Ahhhhh loving your pictures – it seems like forever ago that we were there, when really it was only a year ago. We really left Florence feeling like we could go back and stay there for weeks exploring the city. The perfect city to rent an urban apartment and just explore, ya know?

    • Reply emily May 9, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Yes! I would have loved to stay in our B/B for days and just people watch from the cafe down the street. Italian people are so darn stylish!

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