Monday, May 4, 2015

Ein regnerischen Tag in Florence // A Rainy Day in Florence | Italy, Part 2


April 4, 2015

Our time in Florence was not as great as I was expecting, though through no fault of the city. After we left our hotel in Bologna, we were greeted with chilly, rainy weather that did not stop the entire day. Instead of wandering through the gorgeous streets and walking along the river or in the gardens, we reluctantly opted for a day in cafes and museums. 


We first stopped at Caffé Letterario, a cute little restaurant tucked behind a cluster of buildings on one of Florence's main streets, where we found delicious 1.20€ cappuccinos and authentic pasta dishes. We asked one of the waitresses what she recommended seeing in Florence, and she shrugged and said, "Ah, but it's raining... maybe a museum?" and we knew the weather had doomed us. We decided the best thing would be to visit Michelangelo's David statue, housed in the Galleria dell'Accademia. We waited in line for what felt like an eternity - 1.5 hours - before finally making it out of the rain and into the museum. 

The entrance fee was a little steep (12.50€ per person) and the woman at the ticket counter wouldn't let us use the EU student discount because we were Americans (despite showing her our German student IDs), but I think the Accademia is worth the price. We spent a long time in the Michelangelo section, particularly with David. It was like standing in front of the Mona Lisa - it's such a famous piece of art that my mind could not completely comprehend where I was standing. As we walked past the other Michelangelo creations I realised that this was the first time I'd ever seen any of his pieces in person, and I inwardly flipped out a little. I'd seen so many incredible things in the last week, and I felt overwhelmed by how lucky I was to get such an opportunity. 

The rest of the Accademia has predominantly Renaissance paintings, and we had great fun imitating the more ridiculous ones. I photographed some of my personal favourites and I have a hard time not laughing at the facial expressions every time I look at them.




Photo credit: Wendy 
Photo credit: Wendy
For dinner we stopped at Tavernetta Della Signoria for pizza and wine, both of which were delicious. I opted for the Ananas pizza with ham and pineapple, similar to my favourite Hawaiian style at home. As I'd expected, I prefer American pizza - can't beat a garlic crust - but I'd fulfilled a life goal of trying Italian pizza so I was happy.


After losing our sense of direction a few times, we finally made it back to our meeting point with the bus in the late evening and were on our way to Pisa. Of the cities we visited on our weekend trip, Florence is the only one I felt we didn't get to see properly, and if I got the opportunity later in life I would definitely return.

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