Alright, it’s photo time. We’re loving Italy, and I’ve taken too many pictures to share in one post. In order to get through these, I’m going to write less and show more. This post is dedicated to Florence, Italy, which is our favorite big-ish city in Italy so far.
Here’s the apartment we stayed at. It was a little bit outside of the old town, right across the street from a great supermarket. And we all enjoyed having a piano to play! (Even though it was very out of tune.)
The river in Florence is so picturesque at any time of day and from any location.
Walking around the historic center is easy and fun, as there are virtually no cars on the roads, the buildings are old and impressive, and there are plenty of stores, restaurants, and museums to see in very close proximity.
Florence is famous for housing Michaelangelo’s David, in the Academy Gallery, which was very impressive. We also learned about how most sculptors would make their idea out of plaster before creating it in marble. But Michaelangelo preferred chipping away at the marble without any pre-plastered model to guide him, which is one of the reasons his works are so admired.
The most impressive structure in all of Florence though is the main duomo. The facade is covered in incredible detail.
The inside is beautiful, too.
The kids lit some candles inside.
While in Florence, we also met up with another traveling family who has been living in Florence for one month. We had dinner with them one night, and another night met at a park for the kids to play while the adults enjoyed visiting together.
Just a few final pictures. Here’s our family with beautiful Florence in the background. This was near a church where we heard some monks chanting. We enjoyed this place as it felt less like a tourist attraction and more like an actual worship service — a bit more holy.
And here’s a picture I took of the sunset over Florence.