2 Lovely Weeks in Italy, Part 3

Jenny here…

I was absolutely thrilled to make it back to one of my most favorite cities in the world, Florence. The last time I was here was over 11 years ago, but I remembered it like it was yesterday. The feeling I get when I first step out into the city is one of joy and home. I could seriously live here. The streets are small and adorable, the people are so friendly, the food is incredible, the leather markets are busy and the views found in this city are one in a million. 

My time spent in Florence was similar to the other cities in Italy so far; I would go on a long run each morning again (which is a fantastic way to get the feel for a city) and then casually eat and drink my way through the city, taking in some of the sights the city is known for. Several times I hiked up a hill to the most stunning viewpoint of the city, Michaelangelo Piazzale. 

Running views of Golden Bridge

Views from the top of Michaelangelo Piazzale

My favorite pic from the viewpoint!

Lunch one day – carbonara with a Florentine favorite, fagioli beans in olive oil

Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral

A recommended restaurant – Il Latino – meat hanging from the ceiling!

Florentine filet mignon…amazing!

On the house! Biscotti and house made dessert wine

The beautifully decorated streets near the canal

Nighttime views from Michaelangelo Piazzale

Italian gelato…there is nothing better when you have a sweets craving!

Loggia dei Lanzi

Homemade pasta with cheese and truffles!!

My favorite thing to do in Florence is to wander the leather markets throughout the city and I typically fall in love with one or two pieces that I just must have. Now, I have been traveling since January and haven’t had the space to buy really any souvenirs, but knowing my trip is coming to an end, I finally allowed myself to buy some items and just have one additional shopping bag to now carry around with me when I’m moving cities. I was on a mission to find Christmas gifts for my brother and sister-in-law, as well as a leather jacket for myself. Over my several days there, I was successful with all of the above and couldn’t be more excited about the fabulous leather goods that I’ll be taking back to the States with me! 

My favorite market in Florence

My new Italian leather jacket made in Florence!

I had the most fabulous time in Florence and absolutely know that I’ll be back (many times I can only hope)! Until next time, goodbye my dear city!


2 thoughts on “2 Lovely Weeks in Italy, Part 3

  1. Meg Tormey says:

    Love your new leather jacket.. words cannot express how wonderful your trip has been.. wewill be happy to see you..gone a long time..Granma


  2. Moon says:

    More oil paintings! Also love the shot of the cathedral and the lights and bow on the streets by the canal. The food looks so yummy and you got yourself a swanky new jacket. Weeeeeee!


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