Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
92Trip End Aug 17, 2013
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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.
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 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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