The first week of our honeymoon was spent in Venice, Italy and when it came time to say “arrivederci” it was extremely difficult to leave! I’m pretty sure this city has some mystical magical powers….and it’s a little bit of heaven on earth.
Our next stop was Florence, a complete change of pace from the slow moving Venice. I think there was a moment when Sam and I looked at each other and we both thought…lets turn around and go back to Venice! But after a few days we found Florence to be a special place too. The city is a walking city and walk it we did… it also sits smack in the middle of the Tuscan mountains, which is an amazing site to be seen.
We met a lot of people during our two weeks in Italy, and one thing I’m really glad we did was stay put. So many people were visiting different cities for a day or two…most of them only visited Venice and Florence for three days tops. Spending a week in each city we were able to see much more and enjoy the culture.
One of my favorite days in Florence was when we went to the Boboli gardens – a stop most likely not on the three day itinerary. A vespa tour through the Tuscan vineyards is definitely a must see – perhaps not on a three day itinerary either. We did however wander by the amazing Duomo and Florence Cathedral everyday …our hotel being a three minute walk from the spectacular site, and we even climbed the spiral staircase to the top of the cupola (not quite curing Sam’s fear of heights or my claustrophobia), but certainly not a hike for the faint of heart with it’s 463 steps.
Unlike Venice though this city has a mix of new and old, which is part of it’s charm.