Travel

Italy in the Summer – Florence/Firenze (Part 1)

June 1, 2016

I’m not sure about you, but I dream about Italy in the Summer all the time. This post is a little overdue but since these monuments are still going to be there for a long time, I hope you’d find this useful!

Here’s a breakdown of my last Italy trip:

  1. We flew from London to Bologna, then rented a car and drove to Mugello for MotoGP
  2. Drove to Florence and spent 2 days there
  3. Drove to the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  4. Drove to La Spezia to visit Cinque Terre fishing villages. Stay for 2 days.
  5. Drove to Venice and stayed for 3 days
  6. Stopped by Lake Garda and stayed for 2 days
  7. Drove to Milan and shopped for 3 days
  8. Flew to Rome.
  9. Flew back to London.

Whew, what a trip! I saw most of northern Italy and I was not disappointed! I’ll start this series with Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and birthplace of the Renaissance.

Trip Details

me-at-airbnb

Here’s where I stayed: https://www.airbnb.com.sg/rooms/3054429

Highly recommend you to find lodging via Airbnb because you get to see the city so much more. Hotels are expensive and are usually old. Nearby this apartment there is also a small cafe and bakery that we indulge in every morning before we head out. Pure bliss!

Breakfast-in-Florence

 

Duomo in Florence, The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fior

When in Florence, this is the biggest attraction you’d most likely want to see and the one with the longest queue. You have to get a ticket to go in and climb to the Top of the Cathedral. I would like to warn you though, this is NO MEAN FEAT!

Duomo

duomo-2

There are a total of 463 steps and I’m sure you can find this out just by googling it. But what you won’t know is how claustrophobic the climb was. I was slightly hyperventilating and going into a panic attack because of how small the space is. There’s also no going backwards as theres someone right behind. The stairs are wide enough to only fit 1. It took me 5 to 10 minutes to get my head straight. Had to keep telling myself to just breathe and keep moving forward. If you have a serious heart condition, or you are REALLY CLAUSTROPHOBIC, i think you might want to skip this.

climbing-Duomo

Nonetheless, I made it! I was so glad I pushed myself to keep going because of THIS VIEW. /GASP

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Top-of-Duomo-Florence

Under the dome, you can admire Giorgio Vasari’s frescoes of the Last Judgment (1572-9) up close. This was simply amazing. I wouldn’t say I’m religious, but i’m definitely spiritual. This literally sent chills down my spine. To think that artists would have to bend their heads backwards while painting this is just mind boggling.

Underside-of-Duomo

Florence is pretty small and I think you’d explore the place in 2 to 3 days. Next up I’m going to write about my days at Cinque Terre so stay tuned! Comment below if you have also climbed the Duomo!

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