10.16.2013

"love to love" in florence.

Florence was magical. The city is walkable, safe, clean and full of beautiful architecture. It also didn't hurt that our hotel was right around the corner from Via de' Tornabuonia street lined with designer stores (o hello, prada, gucci, pucci, dolce & gabbana, roberto cavalli...so nice to see you!) I did the majority of my shopping in Florence and came home with a pair of leather sandals, florentine paper (which I used to update our "white board" in the kitchen) and a LV wallet (I know, I know...in the land of leather I probably shouldn't have bought a coated canvas wallet but I couldn't help myself). 

Shopping aside, the highlight of our trip was our hotelier monty. He was the sweetest old italian man and every time we returned to the hotel, he greeted us with the most over-the-top animated phrases -- "BONJOURNO! bonjourno! cheek to cheek... LOVE to looove!" it left us smiling the rest of the day. 


We stayed in florence for four days, which was plenty of time to wander around the city and see the major sites. My favorite spots included: the view of the city from the  Giotto’s Campanile tower, the Santa Maria del Fiore (The Duomo) and nearby Florence Baptistery, inside you will see walls filled with stunning gold murals. Walking around the Piazza della Signoria and visiting the Palazzo Vecchio - it was so fun to imagine living in one of the extravagant apartments. I also loved walking along the Ponte Vecchio (the main bridge that crosses the arno river), it's a great spot to stop and take everything in. 

all photos by my husband :) 

As monty would say, "love to love, kiss to kiss...prego!"
xo, 
Jillian

[psst: see more Italy recaps: Rome (part one), Cinque Terre, EAT like an Italian and unexpected art in Florence... Venice and Rome part two are on the way!]
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14 comments

  1. So beautiful. We are in talks of going to Italy in 2014 - this makes me want to go even more :D

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  2. yay florence, so amazing there! great pics.

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  3. Ahhh... I loved Florence oh so much! Great pictures!

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  4. gorgeous photos! florence really is so magical.

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  5. Best. City. Hands-down. Makes me so nostalgic!

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  6. i was just in florence a few weeks ago! we spent two days there and it was not nearly enough...definitely need to go back :)

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://dreamsinhd.blogspot.com/

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  7. Florence is one of my favorite cities. And your husband took some amazing photos! :)

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  8. i would love to spend some time there, i only stopped for a few hours once! did you see the statue of david?!

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  9. i studied abroad in florence and it was the best time of my life. such an incredible city

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  10. i absolutely loved florence. this made me happy!

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  11. Oh man, this post made me miss Florence so much. I spent the summer studying abroad there and fell in love with everything about this city!

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  12. Oh my gosh this post just made me have such wanderlust! I visited Florence 3 times when I studied abroad in Rome, and it was by far one of my most favorite cities in Italy. I want to go back!
    Isn’t That Charming.

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  13. Looks absolutely lovely! Isn't it amazing how little local touches can add so much to a trip :)

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  14. glorious, beautiful pics!! when i went it was christmas and so cold and dreary. i like these much better :)

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