I can’t remember why, and it sounds absolutely ridiculous right now to say this, but the second day we went to Florence I was a total crab in the morning. Thankfully for Kyle, and everyone that knows me, it’s pretty easy to turn my frown upside down with a snack and a few shots of espresso. As it just so happens, in Italy there seemed to be an espresso bar (or three) on every block – have I told you that Italy was the perfect country for us to honeymoon?
So, once I was all hyped up it was time to hit the pavement. Our first spot was the Boboli Gardens, which are vast gardens behind the Pitti Palace (a Medici home). Although it was a little chilly out, and the gardens were not in bloom, the entire place was completely breathtaking – in size and beauty. Every turn was something new, the photos I’ve added below aren’t even a fraction of the gardens.
We could have spent the day in the gardens, but it was time to move on out into the city. Look how tiny this car is – nuts! These were all over the place, along with scooter type vehicles that ran on electricity.
Ah, the Uffizi Gallery … what an experience, I wish I had more photos to show you, unfortunately no photos was a strict rule outside of the sculpture hallways. This was a sight to see in person, you’ll just have to take my word for it.
You could literally spend hours in here, unfortunately with our “Florence in 2 Days” ambition we had to do the highlights tour with our Rick Steves Guide to get through in a reasonable amount of time (also, thanks to the Firenze Card, we skipped the hour-long line to get in). If you’re not an expert in art (really, who is?) I highly recommend using either Rick’s guide, or another guide, for going through this museum, without it the museum would have been much too overwhelming and after a while it would have all looked the same.
If I had to design a museum just for Kyle, I think it would be the Museo de Galileo. Not to sound like Stefon on SNL, but this museum has everything: maps, measuring tools, clocks – an engineer’s dream come true…
If you ever go to this museum and find Galileo’s severed finger on display – PLEASE send me a photo. I actually did another half-lap around because I thought I missed it somewhere and all of the guidebooks claim it is in there.
The museum was closing, and it was then time for us to head back to San Gimignano for our nightly pasta, wine and gelato feast (yes, I think Italy might be heaven).