After my first couple of weeks in Rome, my dad came out to visit and we went to Florence, or Firenze in Italian, for the day:
The city itself is quirky, with high crooked buildings framing the narrow side-streets, which are full of little cafes, gelato shops, street artists and windows full of Deruta ceramics.
Since it was the end of January, the weather was crisp and bright; perfect weather for taking some photos:
The Cathedral was so impressive both inside and out, and the area alongside the river Arno had that sleepy, relaxed feel that a lot of tiny French and Italian villages do.
This was more than likely because it was January – I have confirmation from my Dad that in August the city is heaving uncomfortably with tourists. But we had views like this pretty much to ourselves:
And we even saw the copy of Michaelangelo’s David, along with a few other famous faces:
Left to right: Leonardo, David, Michaelangelo
I was pleased with the intensity of the colours in the pictures from Firenze, which represent the kooky, arty nature of this Italian city well. Thoroughly recommend for a day trip.