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Florence – An Italian Affair

July 22, 2011 by Chelsea Slone

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Florence Italy is the perfect little mix between funky, fun, and historic. The city may be swarmed with shoppers and sightseeing tourists during the day, but when the sun goes down the charm comes alive with it’s street side concerts and exciting summer events.

First, you cant visit Florence without seeing “The David”! Florence is home to Michelangelo’s famous David sculpture, representing the Biblical hero David after defeating Goliath. While the real masterpiece can be seen inside the Academia Gallery there is also a replica to be seen in the Palazzo Vecchio.

The Ponte Vecchio is the oldest and famous Medieval bridge over the Arno River. The big three arch bridge is filled with tourist souvenir and gold shops galore but when you cross over the bridge you’ll find the best and most local part of Florence, where you can find fun little markets every Sunday. Legend has it that some time ago there was an enormous flood that with water levels mid-way through the bridge. As a result all the gold, that was being traded and stored in the bridge, was swept away down river and never discovered. Fact or fiction, you can be the judge.

The Pizzale Michelangelo is the most magnificent panoramic view you will find over the city of Florence. A picture with this incredible view behind is so incredible it doesn’t look real. You can see everything the city has to offer and the beautiful Duomo dome of the most famous church in all of Florence. Not to mention the only place in Florence, and what seemed all of Italy for that matter, that had FREE parking which made this particular piazza ever so enticing.

With a couple family visits in the month of June, Tyler and I were able to make a few trips to this lovely city and enjoy all of the shopping and delicious restaurants. One of our favorite meals in Italy was spent with my entire family at La Giostra, where we had their delicious pear and walnut ravioli along with a truffle pasta. Yum!

Florence is a great little city to spend some time in, but once you’ve seen the touristy bits and dive into the local fun the city gets even better. With its laid back atmosphere and exciting night life I can definitely see why so many students spend their summers studying in this great Italian city!



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