Our adventure to Florence began with a bus ride from Greve in Chianti. For 8€ round trip it was a great deal and I wouldn’t need to worry about navigating through the city. Once we arrived we headed straight for the duomo, that sticks out like a sore thumb, in a good way. The outside of the cathedral was just as beautiful as the one in Siena. The biggest difference was the inside, not as many paintings and statues, but the dome was beautifully painted. We climbed the 436 stairs to get to the top of the dome to overlook the city of Florence.
After the duomo we wandered until we found the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, littered with jewelry shops, but beautiful. The next stop was the Ufizzi, which was by far the best museum we have seen. Full of sculptures and stone work from the first century, and paintings from some of the most famous artists from the 1400’s to the 1600’s.
Last stop in Florence was the Galleria del Academia, home of David. The gallery is full of sculptures, some that Michelangelo started and never finished, and rooms full of bust from other sculptors. The most impressive was David, sitting under a bright light like he was a god. The size alone is enough to leave you speechless. Unfortunately pictures weren’t aloud so you will need to go see it yourself.
Aside from running around the train/bus station to find our bus and missing the first one, it was a great trip.