Jul 20, 2014

Under The Tuscan Sun

We arrived in Florence in the afternoon and the rain had subsided. Though it had been 10 years since I had last stepped foot in Florence, I remembered everything vividly. I recalled its ambience of romance and quiet grandeur, it's open air markets and rich culture. So many notable pieces of art and architecture reside here, proud but never boastfully welcoming visitors onto its streets.

We strolled through the iconic Piazza Della Signore, home of the Neptune statue, an art museum and the latest Gucci Museum.

Another favorite was the Piazza Della Michaelangelo, which boasts panoramic city views.

If you're going to visit Italy with your significant other, you may think Rome and Venice are the places to see, but Florence is absolutely necessary. It's less inundated with tourists, and just as romantic and easy to stroll. We also visited the Ponte Vecchio, the Ufitizi Gallery (where the Birth of the Venus and a few notable Caravaggios are housed), we climbed a dizzying 467 stairs to the top of the duomo, and meandered through the Boboli gardens.

Basically, Florence was a stop where we got even more googly-eyed at each other, ate too much gelato, and wondered how the heck we got so damn lucky.