Getting to Florence was interesting. The thing about Italian trains, at least in our experience, is that they are almost ALWAYS late and when you have a connecting train to catch this isn't the funnest thing to deal with.
In past travel days we were able to get on the next train without buying a new ticket, this time we weren't so lucky because we booked tickets with two separate train companies, so if one is late you can't hop on a later one, you have to pay for a new ticket. This was news to us, and made this travel day a tad more stressful than others.
But eventually we sorted it out, paid an extra 10 euros to get where we needed to go and just accepted our fate. We arrived in Florence, and were happily welcomed into our apartment with ice cold air conditioning.
Day one, we hit up the Uffizi gallery, Ponte Vecchio, and got lost on the hill tops of Florence. The Uffizi gallery houses some of the most famous Renaissance Art in the world, around every corner are statues and paintings, and the hallways are as breathtaking as those in Versailles.
Out of all of the museums we visited in Italy, this one was my favorite. It takes about 2-3 hours to really see everything, so be prepared to spend some time wandering around if you go.
Ponte Vecchio is famous for its colourful crammed Jewellery shops. Way back when, men used to come to the bridge to buy engagement rings and the tradition still holds to this day.
After the bridge we made our way towards Palazzo Pitti. Unfortunately we weren't able to go inside as we had planned to see it Monday and didn't realize everything in Italy is closed Monday. We got lost on purpose instead which was probably just as fun if not more.
Across the bridge, on the other side of the Uffizi gallery, is the best Gelateria in Florence as far as I am concerned and is more exciting than any item of Jewellery. We stumbled upon this spot after getting lost in the hills, tired and craving something cold and sweet we went inside.
The little shop offers more flavors than I could count, we opted for the fresh fruit variety and quickly stuffed our faces. Be warned this isn't the first Gelateria I will be obsessing over, we hit up two others in Italy later in the trip, all worth a visit.
While we made our way back to the apartment we stopped by the Santa Maria Novella Church, my favorite of the whole trip. It isn't as big as the others but the coloured marble had me swooning.
While taking a picture of the square, a couple local workers hopped in front and we all laughed while I took some photos of them posing.