Florence

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Duomo
We left Pisa and got in to Florence early evening. First things first, our Hostel was AMAZING! It was this tiny place (only about 6 rooms or so) run by one young woman, Clara. The place was uberly clean and modern and bright and fabulous. There was a lounge with huge comfy couches and bookshelves and a big stero system with cool music blasting. Free internet access on Clara's laptop. BREAKFAST SERVED IN OUR ROOMS EVERY MORNING! No lie. Literally, breakfast in bed. And GOOD breakfast...cereal, toast, yogurts, scrambled eggs! Heck, I don't even get breakfasts like that at home. Really, it was like a big sleepover, with Clara just inviting 20 guests into her flat or something. If anyone ever goes to Florence, I can't recommend enough the Albergo Paola.
Ponte Vecchio
Our roomates in Florence were really cool too: Julie and Phil, from England. We spent a lot of time hanging out with them over the few days we were there too.

Florence was a great town. I'd heard from countless other travellers that it was the best town to visit in Italy, and it certainly didn't disappoint. It's just so quaint, and picturesque...and of course, it's home to some of the most famous art in the world. We got to see Michaelangel's David (For FREE, yet again, as we happened to show up on an Italian National Holiday), and so many other sculptures that I couldn't even begin to list them all. We also officially church-ed ourselves out, visiting something crazy like 7 of them in one day. Churches became a big blur to me after that. We saw the Ponte Vecchio, which is a mediaeval bridge of shops, and the only bridge to have survived the war. It was really incredible, but every shop on it is an outrageously expensive Jeweler, so it kind of loses it's charm once you see that. The highlight of Florence though, was the views over the city from Piazzale Michaelangelo, a big open piazza a short hike up the hills on the outskirts of Florence.

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Duomo
Duomo
Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio
Fake David
Fake "David"
Stormy skies over Florence.
Stormy skies over Florence.
The view from our hostel
The view from our hostel
Charging the iPod, Euro-Style.  ^_…
Charging the iPod, Euro-Style. ^…
Florence
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