Friday, May 17, 2013

florence, italy | bright paradise

Prepare to be amazed by the artwork, architecture and views of Florence. My dad was here in 1977 when he backpacked after university and said it was his favourite place in Italy. Like father like daughter, this is my favourite place in Italy so far. What I found so amazing about Florence is as touristy as it might seem at first, it's a place I could see myself living in or visiting again. (Don't worry mom and dad, I'm not leaving Canada just yet!)

Save rainy days for museums and sunny warm ones to explore the wonderful great outdoors of the city.

We had such a remarkable time wondering the Uffizi and a place I recommend seeing. Admission is €11 and I would highly suggest getting an audio guide otherwise you're crowded around each painting trying to read the text with lots of people. With the audio guide you are able to step back or even sit down and gaze at all the works of art while listening to its history. My heart nearly stopped when I saw the Birth of Venus and Spring. They are both so magnificent in real life!

We came here on a sunny afternoon from a recommendation of someone we met at our hostel. We weren't sure what to expect but quickly fell in love with the gardens. There are no picnics or food allowed inside but when we visited there was a wine tasting and you could walk around the gardens sipping on wine!

There are beautiful statues all over the grounds and a stunning area surrounded by water with tones of pots of lemon trees!

Here you will find the statue of David. He is much more grand with your own eyes. We found a seat and watched him for awhile in utter amazement. It is absolutely astonishing that Michelangelo carved David from one block of marble when he was 29 in 1504.
* Do not take pictures inside the gallery and especially not of David!

This is one of the largest cathedrals in the world and a must see. You can view the cathedral in the Piazza del Duomo square for free or go up the dome for €8 for an incredible view of the city.

This central spot has everything you need and more! My cousin who visited Florence last year recommended it to me and I am so thankful. They have a rooftop bar with a killer view of the city, a basement bar, laundry facilities, wifi and a common computer room, pool, sauna and much more. We stayed in a 6 person mixed dorm with a washroom including a shower. The rooms were simple and very clean! 

Hostel Rating 
Hospitality      ****
Cleanliness     ****
Location         ****
Price               ****
* They offer an all you can eat breakfast for €6!

{Images by Sara + Susie}

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xo sara