Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Statue of David Florence
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Repubblica Galleria dell' Accademia

Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Thursday, April 4, 2013

One of my favorite things about Florence ended up being the food. Pastries, pizza, pasta, gelato, Italiano style - all day every day - but the thing is, I never got sick of it because it was all so delicious! Can you imagine a dinner so good that you're close to tears when you realize you're almost to the last bite? That's what it was like for actually a couple of my meals. The pasta is always homemade in Italy, and I think that's part of what makes it so good.
The street our apartment was on had a big market every day, where stands sold all sorts of things but mostly items made of leather. Belts, purses, jackets, bracelets, journals, bookmarks... lots of leather, and (especially the jackets) all incredibly soft. I'd never liked leather jackets before, and I still don't really like the idea of wearing a dead animal skin on your back, but I have started to think they're pretty cute. At least the ones in Italy are.
Besides eating and walking through markets, we did do some sightseeing. Florence is said to be the world capital of art. So many famous artists were born there or lived there; Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Donatello, Masaccio, and many many more. We went to the Repubblica Galleria dell' Accademia, a.k.a. the place with the statue of David. David, created by Michelangelo (from 1501-1504) is one of the most amazing works of art I've ever seen. The Sistine Chapel is on that list, too. Michelangelo was an incredibly talented artist. He really captures the emotions perfectly, and David's face held so much intensity.
We were lucky to get into the Uffizi museum because we didn't reserve tickets ahead of time. The lines are usually blocks long (which we saw for ourselves when we came out later), and 'reserved' people get in first. But we walked over there and arrived at 8:00, 15 minutes before the opening time. It really wasn't that early, but there was hardly anyone there. We were the 10th people in line. The Uffizi gallery is very old and is filled with sculptures and paintings.
I saw when we were walking around one day that there was a Gucci museum, which I thought was kind of weird. An entire museum for just one brand? But I later learned that Guccio Gucci, founder of Gucci, was born in Florence.
The Duomo (or Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, in Italian) was an impressive cathedral. We climbed the 463 steps to the top, and on the way, had an up-close view of the dome. The images on it were pretty disturbing. It was filled with monsters and devils that were eating people, and lots of killing with spears going on. I say it's quite an interesting choice of pictures to put in a church.
We went to a famous pizza place, though it's not famous for any historic reasons. It was where a season of Jersey Shore was filmed a couple of years back. I've never watched that show but it's cool to know that that pizza place (called Pizzeria O'Vesuvio) was used for filming for a whole summer. The pizza there was made fresh and cooked in a wood fire oven, and it was pretty good. I got margherita pizza for a meal and then nutella pizza for dessert
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