see that building behind us?
it's called the duomo. it's pretty famous.
it also looks like this:
or like this:
and when the sun goes down, like this:
i bet it's really neat from the inside too or from the top overlooking all of this lovely city but i wouldn't know because i didn't wait in any lines or climb any claustrophobia-inducing stairs to find out.
shooot. what? i'm pregnant.
also lovely in florence is the arno river and it's pretty bridges. ponte vecchio is probably one you've heard of. the version we see today was built in 1345, according to my italian tour guide and wikipedia. that's like, super old. but it's still there! standing and waiting for you to cross and possibly purchase some very expensive jewelry on your way to the other side. yay!
we loved florence. love, love, loved.
it's much more quaint than rome and you can truly walk it all in one day. but you shouldn't because it is meant to be strolled through. stroll, go shopping, take pictures, admire art. breeeeathe it in.
and if you have the time while in florence, take a day to explore the countryside. we kept it pretty simple and took a half-day bus tour to chianti. like the wine, the most delicious, lovely wine ever. it's a favorite of ours and oh, oh, oh...bunny loved that sip (or two) of said wine in its birth place.
it's also rather gorgeous around those parts.
and when you get back from your day trip, take a nap on the grass in piazza santa maria novella.
later, grab some dinner, some gelato, find a high point in the city (this one was atop the westin hotel), take a few photos...
and kiss the one you love.