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.
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!
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!