Our 4th day in Italy was spent in Florence (the first three were spent in Rome). We took an early train from Rome and got to the Tuscan capital way before noon. We only spent one night here but I really wish we had a longer stay. It’s not as crazy touristy and it’s just so picturesque.
You know that movie Under the Tuscan Sun with Diane Lane? Where her character went on vacation in Tuscany and just decided to impulsively buy a decrepit villa? I GET IT. It’s so freaking beautiful that I would consider buying a rotting villa to move here – never mind the fact that I don’t speak a lick of Italian.
In the words of the iconic and equally materialistic Carrie Bradshaw, “I couldn’t understand a word she was saying, but I felt I had in my possession all the Italian I’d ever need to know: Dolce, Dolce, Dolce.”
We took a short drive around the Tuscan countryside, walked around Piazza della Signoria, and explored the Uffizi Gallery which had a lot of Renaissance artwork including some by Botticelli, Michelangelo, and da Vinci. We ended the day with delicious pasta, a bottle of chianti at La Casalinga, and a night time stroll back to the hotel.
How charming is our hotel? Look at that room!
Below is Doni Tondo or Holy Family by Michelangelo. Seeing his work in person will be classified as one of the big, “Oh wow, I get it.” moments of my life. His use of color, the composition, the movement. All of it. I saw it before knowing who painted it and I remember thinking, “Who did this?” Sitting in a sea of paintings, this stood out immensely. To be honest, this incited a larger reaction for me than Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa ever did. The Last Supper notwithstanding. Which is a story for another day.