After our day in Venice, we took a water taxi to the train station and took a 2 hour train to Florence, Italy.
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I loved the train system in Italy. The trains were on time and very efficient. The boarding process was smooth and quick. For this train, we had assigned seats in the comfort section so it was very nice. They even served drinks and snacks, like being on an airplane!
Once we arrived in Florence, we walked from the train station to our hotel (and only got lost a little bit!). We stayed at Hotel II Bargellino. It was very nice. We had a room with 3 twin beds since my cousin Jason was going to be joining our trip on the second day in Florence. Our room also had a door that lead to the shared terrace, which was really nice.
We quickly learned not to leave the door open for too long because there was a cat roaming around who we heard is very fond of checking out the rooms if left open.
We had tickets for the Uffizi Art Gallery so we set out to find some lunch on our way to the gallery. We ate at a trattoria and I had a meal “complete”, which had a pasta appetizer then the main dish of chicken and potatoes. It was very good!
After the meal, we went to the Uffizi art gallery, which we walked around for about an hour but we did not love the art. The highlight was seeing the Ponte Vecchio (old bridge) from the window.
After the art gallery, we headed to the Duomo tower so I could climb to the top for some awesome views. Along the way to the tower, we stopped and had gelato, of course!
The climb was 414 stairs and the stairwells were very small but I powered to the top and got some nice photos of the city.
Afterwards, we headed to the Accademia Gallery to see the statue of David.
Our second day in Florence, my cousin arrived so we toured the other parts of the city since the museums were closed or free (and super crowded) since it was the first Sunday of the month.
We hiked up to the Michelangelo Plazza, which was a large hill, for some good city views.
After a busy day of sightseeing, we had dinner down the street from our hotel at another trattoria, where we had for dessert the biscotti with Cantuccini (sweet wine) and I also had the chocolate cake with chocolate sauce.
We also saw some street magic along the way.
Stay tuned as next we head to the Cinque Terre and Pisa!!