Yes, that's right. So tomorrow, I depart for the first solo vacation of my life. Really thrilling...slightly anxiety inducing. I am off to Florence, Italy!!! I depart tomorrow on Friday, July 4 and will arrive in Florence around 3pm my time. And I return home from Florence on Thursday, July 10.
I am SO thrilled for this, as Florence is where I studied abroad for about 8 weeks in July of 2008 during the last stretch of my college days. While studying there, I fell in love with the city. It was so exciting, walking to class each day down the narrow stone streets, through the piazzas. I also traveled throughout Italy while living in Florence at that time. To Rome, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Venice... :-D And then I returned to Florence one year later with my ex, Adam for a vacation in Italy which was a total blast. So, I am very excited to return there once again as Florence is one of my very favorite cities in the world. It's stunningly beautiful, charming, sultry, enchanting and picturesque. A river runs through the middle of the city, a huge cathedral dominates as the focal point of the city, mountains rolling behind the town as the faded backdrop, lots of green mixed dotted with the terra-cotta orange Italian roofs, cobblestoned walkways, beautiful bridges, awesome food. Whoa. LOVE this city.
Here is a snapshot of what is on the itinerary:
|Panoramic shot of Florence. Stunning, right??? Incredible.
|Piazza del Duomo in Florence.
|Piazza de la Signoria. Another great square in the city.
|Caprese salad. LOVE this.
|The famous Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence, a symbol and landmark of the city.
|Siena, Italy. I will take a day trip here from Florence!!! Only 14 euro round trip by bus, so cool.
|Italian food (AND desserts) are the BEST!!! <3
|Cinque Terre. Totally magical and untouched by time. I will take a day trip here as well :-D
|Tuscany, Italy. One of the most stunning regions in the world. Rolling hills, vineyards, just beautiful. I will take a whole-day bicycle tour through this region :-D cannot wait for this.