Within thirty minutes of arriving in Florence, I had seen
the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, the Fountain of Neptune, and the Ponte
Vecchio. So I decided to just forget
about the rest of my little vacation and hop on a train back to my current
I truly hope none of you actually believe that – plenty of
you know about my penchant for sarcasm and hyperbole.
The only reason I saw those landmarks that quickly is that I
got a bit lost while trying to locate the hostel in which I was to stay. In fact, I was glad that those sights were
what welcomed me back to the beautiful city.
It was almost as though I was getting a thirty minute review of my
previous jaunt through Florence four years ago.
Once I found myself at the Ponte Vecchio, it didn’t take long for me to
find the hostel – just two bridges north and two streets west. Easy peasy.
I was quite impressed with the hostel’s location, quiet and away from
most tourists, but close enough to see all of the major sights with ease.
As soon as I was settled in, my first stop was the Palazzo
Vecchio, literally “Old Palace”. I had
read many great reviews about that particular museum and tower and really
wanted to see it for myself.
Unfortunately, the tower was closed by the time I got there, but I was
still able to see the museum! I really
enjoyed this museum because it was very simplistic, I generally find museums
boring because all the sculptures look the same to me. Here, however, there was little to distract
from the gorgeous wall frescoes and the room architecture. Some of the rooms featured time-period
furniture which was simply exquisite. When
I had gone through the entire museum, I decided to just walk around and
acclimate myself with the historic city center a little bit before dinner-time. After dinner, I got gelato at the highest
rated gelateria on Trip Advisor and walked along the River Arno. It was just the kind of peacefulness I
The next day, I spend the morning walking in and out of a
few stores and at a little outdoor market I found near Piazza della
Repubblica. Then I made my way across
the river for lunch at a place called “Guasta Pizza”. Let me tell you, it was one of the best
pizzas I have ever had. The pizzeria is
a tiny little place where strangers have to share a table to eat and I loved
every second of it. It was basically
right around the corner from my hostel, which made it all the more appealing to
That afternoon I stumbled upon a movie theater not too far
from the hostel, and I was just in time for a showing of Despicable Me 2 in
Italian (Cativissimo Me 2). As I hadn’t
had a chance to see it over the summer, I decided to test my knowledge of
Italian and watch it. I was quite proud
of myself that I could follow along with most of the dialogue! Actually going into an Italian movie theater
was part of the draw, as well. In the
theater, there was a bathroom door directly under the screen – talk about
convenient. Also, there was assigned
seating with the movie ticket. I found
that out the awkward way… But the movie
was funny and the experience of an Italian movie theater was worth every
Yes, I realize I’m odd for going to see a movie in a
beautiful, historic city while I’m on vacation.
For dinner, I went to a place called the Red Garter. It is an American- style sports bar. I was seriously craving American
football. And it was a Sunday
night. I was hoping to see the Patriots
play, but their game wasn’t going to be on until much later and I couldn’t
stay. So I had to suffer through the
Jets, but I was desperate. Clearly.
All in all, it was a fun little holiday weekend. I was glad that I could finally spend some
quality time with a city that I only got a glimpse of four years ago.