J. Crew green gingham dress (similar here and more fashionable here), Call It Spring sandals (more fashionable here), Tory Burch floral cross body bag (old, similar here), Nordstrom round sunglasses (more fashionable here)
After Rome we headed to Firenze. We checked into The Style Florence on Piazza della Stazione late on Monday night. This was the cleanest, most modern European room I have ever stayed in. The Style is in the perfect location and I would absolutely recommend staying there. That night I had the most delicious gnocchi with pesto sauce. Delizioso!
Our first stop the next morning was the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (aka Il Duomo di Firenze).
This cathedral is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. While St. Peter’s is much more stunning on the inside, the detail of the exterior of the Duomo is amazing! I can’t even really describe it, and pictures don’t do it justice. I totally understand why this is a must-see in Florence.
I wore my J. Crew gingham sundress (which you’ve seen before in Strawberry Fields Forever) and paired it with black sandals and my Tory Burch cross body. After cooking in my long-sleeved Mango dress the day before, this look was very refreshing.
We hung around and ogled the Duomo for quite a while before continuing on our way…
Of course we had to go to Ladurée for some delicious macarons.
…And then we stopped again for lasagne.
We then climbed up to the top of Piazzale Michelangelo for what I had read was the best view in Florence.
What I had read was absolutely true. The view was breath-taking. I’m not going to lie, Florence was the destination I was least excited to visit on our tour of Italy. It took me less than a day to realize that Florence was fabulous! I don’t know what it was, I just felt so care-free and happy in Florence. The architecture, the street artists, the food. All of which other cities have, but Florence does it all a bit differently. I can’t put my finger on it. You’ll have to go there to see for yourself!
Our next stop was the Galleria dell’Accademia, which houses Michelangelo’s famous David. He was even more stunning in real life than he is in photos.
Dinner was delicious spinach and ricotta stuffed ravioli on a quaint side street by the Duomo.
I read somewhere that Florence has the best gelato in all of Italy and I think I would have to agree! Since I have a nut allergy I take a small risk with my life every time, but it’s totally worth it (sorry Mom). My favourite flavours are definitely fragola (strawberry), vaniglia (vanilla), and pesca (peach). Pretty sure I have an incurable addiction.
Have you ever been surprised by how much you enjoyed someplace new?
Photo Credit: Jesse Market