I took an evening train to Florence yesterday, and had a full day of exploring today. First impressions – I really like it here. It may even be my favourite city in Italy!

I purchased a Firenze Card this morning, which covers the entrance to 72 museums in Florence for 72 hours, then made my way to the Palazzo Vecchio.

While there, I also climbed the 233 steps up to the top of the tower.

From there I walked through the city, stopped by the Orsanmichele Church, got some gelato and eventually made it to the Piazza del Duomo.

I got one of the last 60 tickets to go up the dome tomorrow – which was good as today and Sunday were already sold out! But I didn’t have to book a specific time for the baptistery, cathedral, crypts or museum, so I checked out those.

My next stop was to the Uffizi Gallery. There were so many wonderful pieces of art – paintings and sculptures – but also so many people.  So while I enjoyed it all, I didn’t take too many pictures of the art itself.

From here I walked to Ponte Vecchio Bridge and then across and back.  A landmark of the city, there was a really good wifi connection on the bridge, so I had a seat where I would get in no ones way and just enjoyed some people watching.

I went back to the hostel for a few hours, but later on I went to Piazza Santa Maria Novella which is very close to my hostel, and enjoyed some gelato and the beautiful view.

I can’t wait to see more tomorrow!

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