From Rome, we took a short, pretty pleasant train ride to Florence. Right away I was struck by how much smaller the city was. Compared to a 40-minute cab ride from the Rome airport to our hotel…this one was about four minutes from train station to hotel. We stayed about a block away from the famous Duomo:
We were starving so we got a quick bite before committing to visiting the Duomo. It was cool, but the outside is clearly the impressive part. We didn’t have much planned for Florence—it’s much easier to tackle in a few days than Rome, so we relaxed a lot more. We found a restaurant that we loved so much we went twice…
Goat cheese and prosciutto bruschetta. Testing the limits of when bruschetta just becomes a sandwich.
Lamb ragout. We had a conversation about “menu buzzwords” that always get you—ragout is one of mine (also: goat cheese, pumpkin).
Steak and Florentine chicken
I had booked tickets to the Uffizi for Sunday weeks earlier (I guess I lied when I said we hadn’t planned anything, but I had been waiting for this for YEARS), so most of Sunday was spent there. No photos, but I was in heaven. The only disappointment was that Leonardo’s Adoration of the Magi was not on display, but the Botticelli room more than made up for that loss.
Pont Vecchio from the Uffizi
That afternoon, we went to the Accademia—where Michelangelo’s David is—and had another awesome meal…
Trying to find the entrance to the Accademia
Blurry but delicious steak and veggies for two
We had been warned that some stuff wouldn’t be open, or would close early, since we were visiting in the off season—the only time we experienced any of that was the Monday before we left. We visited the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (Museum of the Works of the Cathedral—very much worth it, by the way) during the day, but didn’t really have many more options for touristy stuff after that. Not a huge deal—we got some shopping done and visited some lesser known churches.
Gates of Paradise (the real deal, not the fakes outside)
Another Michelangelo Pieta…this one was my favorite.
We had a semi-early flight on Tuesday and had to do the mad-dash-to-the-other-terminal thing at the Paris airport, and I had a panic moment where I left my boarding pass on the floor of the bathroom (yeah)…but we finally made it home and picked up this little thing:
Wolfman also had a really great idea to get someone to clean our apartment while we were gone, so we arrived to a spotless home. It sounds really fancy, but it wasn’t nearly as expensive as I thought. If you are like us and basically neglected normal cleaning chores in the weeks pre-wedding—not to mention collected tons of wedding paraphernalia—I highly recommend doing something like this while you’re honeymooning. It was SO nice. Honestly, it’d be a good item to add to your honeymoon fund or whatever.
Anywho, so that’s it! It was a great trip, but went by so, so fast. I’m glad we chose Italy as I think it was a good time of year to go (we made so many comments about how we couldn’t imagine what the crowds must be like during the summer), but since we’d taken lots of those types of trips before, part of me wished we’d done something a little different to set it apart as our honeymoon. But the beauty of being married is…we get to keep trying this stuff for a long, long time.
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