Got up early to get on a train, met up with a friend, train ride, arrive in Florence, walk around, walk around, BOOM there's the Duomo. Seriously, you just walk around the corner and there it is.
So after staring at this huge huge building, being haggled by a gypsy wearing wedge heels, maybe shedding a couple of tears whenever I saw the Baptistery of St. John doors (one of my favorite Renaissance artworks), it was time to grab a cappuccino and pastry.
We found this really cute cafe right next to Piazza Della Signoria. This was one of the prettiest drinks I've ever had so I needed a picture. The barista gave me a weird look when I took the picture so I said "It's pretty!" then he smiled and straightened his tie, thanking me for calling him pretty! Some people just have the best humor. Haha
After breakfast it was a trip to see the canal and then off to the leather market to meet up with more friends. All of the vendors kept telling us that for us everything is free. Yeah right. I didn't end up buying anything, but a few people did some price haggling.
The rest of the afternoon we walked and shopped around.
Some of our group in front of the Duomo
Next was to make the climb up to Piazza Michelangelo to see the most beautiful view of the city. We luckily made it right before sun set! The sightseeing and people watching is pretty great, this brings so many tourists so you get all kinds of people. We were even treated with a small concert going on! A man playing acoustic guitar singing some classic songs, like Elton John and The Beetles, in Italian. I tried singing along, but it didn't work out.
I could spend all day, everyday here
After walking back down the hill it was dark and time to go back home. We made it to the train station and within 10 minutes we were on a train headed home, seriously the best timing ever. Getting back to Arezzo was the best feeling ever. I love the big city feel of Florence, but it is so nice coming back to a small quite area that I'm familiar with.
I'll have to post more pictures on facebook later, I think I took around 200! But right now I'm exhausted!
Ciao and buona notte!