We stayed in Florence for a month. It was a welcome break from the cycle of repeating the process of packing/unpacking and getting our bearings in a new locale.
3 Random Florence Facts:
- Chiuso per Ferie. During August many Florentines escape the heat and go on holiday for a few weeks. Lots of things are closed.
- Once upon a time the Pazzis, the second most powerful family in Florence, conspired to take out the Medicis (# 1) by assassinating Lorenzo Medici (ruler of Florence) and his brother Giuliano during Easter Mass. Francesco D’ Pazzi leapt out and stabbed Giuliano 19 times in the middle of church. That was rude. Lorenzo escaped. Things went not so greatly for the Pazzis afterwards.
- Fact # 2 was so juicy, you don’t need a 3rd one.
What does one do in Florence for a month?
Touristy Things Done
Galileo Museum: If you’re at all into science, history and beautiful things, this is up your alley. We came at about 2-3 PM, got shooed out of the museum at closing and totally could have spent more time here. Grab an early lunch and then stay here till you get your mental fill.
Uffizi Gallery: Worth it. Go early in the morning and you won’t have to wait too long. My favorite painting was The Annunciation and Two Saints by Simone Martini. If you could find an artist with incredible skill, this would make a killer tattoo.
Duomo Museum. Can’t say whether you should go but..peep this crazy giant golden door.
FYI: I would grab an early lunch at All’Antico Vinaio. Tasty sandwiches for just 5 Euro. Long live cheap eats!
The Summer sandwich was also good. Much lighter than the Porchetta but still satisfying and fresh.
Make some tea. Put on some music. Breathe. Ciaociao!