Before we could see the view from our room – we had to find the room first. Unlike most of the hotels on our trip, this one was hard to find. Once we found it though it became our home away from home. The two sisters who run it want you to make yourself home. There is no hotel sign. There is no concierge. Once you walk through the “hidden” doorway – you enter an Italian household complete with kitchen, living room and several large bedrooms. Another plus – they were our own personal tour guides who made us feel like one of the locals.
Our home was also close to several of Florence’s most popular sites: The San Lorenzo Leather Market (with the famous boar fountain), Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio and Ponte Vecchio. Because we were so close to the action, it was like we were living in the heart of Florence.
Just like many of the locals, we ambled across the Ponte Vecchio (bridge) just about every day. I am not sure about Wade, but for me, it is one of the most beautiful places in Italy. I wish I could live there – just so I could walk along the river day and night! There’s something about the light – it makes the heart sing.
For some though, the Duomo di Firenze is a favorite stop. No matter the weather, the time of day or night, there is always a crowd outside this church. It’s stunning white, pink and black marble make it a signature jewel in Florence’s crown. (I also learned that marble is very slippery when wet – for more details ask Wade.)
Speaking of Michelangelo, when in Florence you must pop in The Academy to see his most famous statue, David. Unlike the crude imitations found around town, here you can really see the level of mastery highlighted in this work. Thanks to the evil museum postcard industry you can no longer take David’s picture. This, of course, didn’t stop us from acquiring one.