Because I was so busy trying to post other locations, I didn't give Florence the credit it most certainly deserves! As I am sure I have stated over and over again, the highlight for me the entire trip was getting to run everywhere. Exploring new, beautiful scenery every day while running 5-10 miles was hands down the best! When in Florence, because I try to be as safe as possible running, I most ran along the river with an excursion up to Michelongelo's Piazza. Besides the Duomo, Michelangelo's Piazza was my favorite place in all of Florence. Sadly because it was such a trek to get there, I never took my good camera to take pictures... but we got some fun ones along the way.
This is the first time I took my parents and Chad and Maddie up to it. We went in like 10 in the morning.... but 10 in the morning in Florence is WAY too hot. But we survived.
This view never gets old...
Here is when I took Nick running there.
Here's a replica of the David at Michelangelo's Piazza.
After we walked home along the river and across the Ponte Vecchio. It was gorgeous after the sun had set but the sky was still a brilliant blue. The reflection on the river was amazing!!!
Florence was absolutely magical at night. When the sun went down it was like a whole other world came out. The city was alive with night life. The lights came on to show another beautiful perspective of the amazing architecture, the street entertainers set up on every corner so every few hundred feet you would hear different live music, it was awesome. But my personal favorite was in front of Palazzo Vecchio (the old palace) there is Piazza della Signoria. This is where the David originally was. Anyway, there is this cute archway called Loggia dei Lanzi with more statues. But at night, most nights during the summer, an orchestra set up every night at played for free. It was so cool.
This first shot is the closest thing we saw to what I pictured it would look like... like a real European Royalty Garden....
Some other highlights in Florence, Porcellino the lucky pig. If you rub his nose he brings you good luck. Of course my dad had to rub it!
Speaking of shopping.... there are a few out door markets around Florence. Here is an example of what you would find at every. single. shop. Ties, scarfs, and leather goods.
But like I said.... my favorite thing about Florence was the Duomo. No matter how many times you looked at it, it never got old.