On Saturday I took my first trip out of Rome to Florence, it was a really easy hour and a half trip by train. There were a few things on our list to see and do for the day. We wanted to start by going to see Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia, since we though that the line would be longest to get in there. However on the way we stumbled upon our second stop, Il Duomo, and by stumbled upon I mean it was more like it was huge and couldn’t possible miss this incredible church. We decided instead of going back and fourth and possible getting lost, we would go to the Duomo first since it was right here!
From the outside it was so beautiful, so minutely detailed on every inch of the building with small carvings, large paintings and sculptures as well. The inside was different from what I expected after seeing the outside, it wasn’t completely covered all over the walls like the outside but a little more focused on central paintings. First walking in there were large gold encrusted paintings high on the wall that were spread out. Then as you walk towards the front, you see the dome which is absolutely enormous. It is completely covered (by a fresco I think) so detailed with different scenes and bright colors with a very cool illusion on the top of the dome. We also got tickets to go to the too of the dome, the 461 steps to the top of the dome was well worth it. We were so close on the inside to see the intricate depictions on the ceiling. Then we reached outside and saw the MOST AMAZING view of all of Florence, it was breathtaking to say the least.
Next we went to the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David, we were very lucky to only have to wait in line for 20 minutes to get inside, and it was free for the day for some reason! When we found the statue I looked at it awestruck, I could not believe how massive it was and how detailed, I can’t even describe it because it wouldn’t do it justice. It was absolutely amazing.
After seeing David I didn’t need to see much more, nothing would compare! We made our way to the leather market [where Caroline and I wanted to buy everything], I ended up getting two purses which I love!We also went to this bronze statue of a boar called il Porcellino right by the leather market, you rub his nose for good luck and drop a coin from his mouth and if it falls into the slats below it means you will return to Florence, guess I’ll be back! Our last stops included Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria which is one of the main Piazzas and very fun! We fit a lot in for one day in Firenze, I can’t wait to go back!