Before this trip, when I thought of Florence, I imagined a quiet Italian town on a hill surrounded by vineyards and filled with art and cafes. I was so wrong. It was crowded, dirty, and beside the cathedral and certain monuments, I found it to be kind of ugly. I’m happy to have seen it once, but I have no intention of returning. Though I did buy a sick leather jacket since this is the leather capital of the world.

Here’s some of the pretty parts:

Side story: there’s a traditional Florentine sandwich called lampredotto. It was recommended to me by more than one local, so I got one. Little did I know it’s marinated cow stomach. I took two bites and then googled it because the texture was so odd. I made it about two more bites before I just couldn’t anymore. Surprise stomach sandwich. Thanks Florence.

The main cathedral is amazing. The natural pink and green stone made it so incredibly beautiful. And of course, there was amazing statues everywhere. The crowds just detracted from the beauty so much. Walking through the streets was torture. The best part was meeting a guy named Darrien with whom I would spend time in Rome exploring. Because seriously, look at this river: 

I guess the bottom was treated with a material that makes it look like this, but it still looks gross.

Enough of that. LETS TALK ABOUT ROME!!!

I would move there tomorrow. 

Are you not entertained?! This was the first thing I did when I got there. It was as amazing as I hoped. We all kept commenting on how much we wanted to be able to travel back in time and see Rome in her prime. Everything was alive with history. Monuments of the old empire lay everywhere. I’d be walking down a winding street and suddenly round a corner and have my breath taken by some new amazing thing.

Rome only has two metro lines and they’re crowded. They’ve been trying to build a third line, but they keep finding new ruins and artifacts when they dig. Fun fact.

Kick ass ruins everywhere. 

Then there was the Vatican. I had tears in my eyes for so much of the Sistine Chapel. It was overwhelming. I wish I could have taken photos for you, but they’re forbidden as flash can damage the paint.

But these above are all mosaics! I couldn’t believe it! That’s not a painting. It’s tiny tiles arranged masterfully. Incredible.

I didn’t sleep much in Rome as I was there on a weekend and the hostel always had parties for us. It was so much fun meeting people from all over the world. I also didn’t workout in Rome as the gyms were pretty far from the city center, and I had a mild hangover most of the time when I was completely enraptured in sightseeing. I even got to meet up with a friend from my trip 9 years ago! It was such great coincidence we were both in Rome! Late night Italian dinners wit friends could never get old.

Now for a section called Funny Signs.

God yes, I love language.

This concludes Italy. Next post will be Barcelona ❤️


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