I couldn't include everything we did, saw and ate in Florence in one wrap up blog post, so I'm just going to include a few highlights of our last few days in Florence. I mentioned seeing Michaelangelos David - of course there is no photo of that experience as cameras were off limits in the museum - but the statue was phenomenal and justified all of the hype! After our visit to see David however we hit the Medici Villa - not too far from the musuem. It had fewer people and was relaxing as well as beautiful. Some snaps from the villa:
I think our favorite part of the villa however was the garden which had several orange trees that smelled beautiful and a fountain or two to provide relaxing water sounds. We gave our tired dogs a rest here and soaked up the Italian sun:
So nice! Of course we also ate more gelato:
All right. If I'm honest we ate gelato every day. At least once a day. It was life altering, what can I say?
One of the nicest days we spent was walking around the Boboli gardens. It's part of the Pitti Palace. You can get a ticket to see the Boboli gardens, portions of the Pitti Palace and the Bardini gardens for only 6 euros - an amazing bargain in my opinion. My understanding from reading a few internet sites is that the Bardini gardens are a continuation of the Boboli gardens (although you leave the Pitti Palace site, walk through a city street until you come to an entrance for the Bardini gardens - it's a bit of a hike) and that they just recently reopened.
The Boboli garden is huge and there are surprises around every corner. We actually found ourselves gasping at times when some new and beautiful area came into view. Here are a few highlights:
At the top of the Boboli garden there is a GORGEOUS rose garden and I think we arrived at the perfect moment to find all the flowers in bloom:
As gorgeous as the rose garden itself is, it also provides a great location for photos of the Florence skyline and the surrounding Tuscan landscape:
While the Boboli gardens are amazing I can safely say that the spot where we spent most of our time gasping was in the Bardini gardens. This is not just because the gardens themselves are beautiful, but because they provide breathtaking views of Florence and the Arno river. And one of the GREATEST spots to enjoy this view is from a little building that serves perfect cappucinos for you to sip while chanting over and over "this view is unbelievable":
Ahh, Tuscany! Such a gorgeous place. It's so wonderful being in Europe and being able to take quick, fairly cheap and fast trips to countries I've always dreamed of visiting. The tough part is, after a trip like this, I want to go back to those cities I've really enjoyed but at the same time want to see as many new locations in Europe as possible while we're here. It's a pretty good problem to have I know. I've yacked so much about the great food, the great people and the beautiful scenery so much to the hubby though, I think sooner or later I'll be back in Tuscany! Ciao, all!