I have several initial, unfettered, pure thoughts on being in Florence for 4 days:
- The clean streets are completely walkable giving off an “old Europe” charm.
- So much cheap wine and natural, fresh, local, great-tasting food! Have you ever ordered macaroni and cheese? Pasta and meat sauce? I’m sure you have. Order it in Florence, Italy and a party explodes in your mouth. Taste buds dance all day long here.
- Tourists abound, sure. But take a side street and it’s all Italian language. Order a coffee in broken Italian (or no Italian at all, just using your hands!) and you’re transported to real-life Italy.
- Art is EVERYWHERE. Yesterday I went to an art and ceramic restoration business. 4th generation family. After walking the aisles of impressive 13/14/15/16th century paintings and works getting touched up, I accidently hit a gold-colored pointed dome-like structure needing some fixing (it rests atop a church usually, but is only 8 feet tall). I apologized to Tomasso, the owner’s son, for knocking it. “Oh, no harm done,” he said casually. “But it is a work by Michelangelo.”
- When Florentines speak, they sing. Hands gyrate and sway and cut the air like a butcher’s knife to a slab of beef on Via della Cernaia. Be ready to speak with your hands.
Conclusion: Florence is a travelers paradise.
And for a Panroamers perspective of Florence, be sure to follow Kelly’s blog here.
Tony Amante Schepers