Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Italy.

This past weekend a friend and I decided to hop a train and go to Florence for two days. Of course, not having been to Florence before we were both ecstatic at the opportunity to go and spend the weekend there. I’ve heard so much about the charming, little passageways and all of the must do’s in Florence, but I never realized how true it all was.

We took TrenItalia from Rome directly to Firenze Santa Maria Novella, which was fabulous (really the US train system should take some pointers from TrenItalia). Once we got to the Florentine city we had to go to all of the touristy attractions. We saw Michelangelo’s David and Brunelleschi’s Duomo, went to the Uffizi, and the Ponte Vecchio, climbed up the tower at Palazzo Vecchio and had some of the best traditional Tuscan cuisine I’ve ever had in my life. It’s a lot to accomplish and my feet are paying the price now after walking 25 miles in two days, but completely and entirely worth it.

The Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy.

Rome is a super big metropolitan city, and don’t get me wrong I love Rome and there are endless things to do, but Florence has more of that enchanting, small European town feeling. Its a city that no words can describe. You don’t need too much time there, but the time that you do spend there will be unforgettable. Rome might be the city of love, but you will fall in love with Florence, so make sure to take a trip to the city of quaint beauty.

I am so glad to say that Florence was the first city to be checked off of my study abroad bucket list. Now I can’t wait for the next adventure! Buon Appetito!

The most amazing panino I have ever had from All’antico Vinaio.