Our trip to Florence from Pisa was an easy one, but could have turned out quite differently. We didn’t book a train in advance, but arrived at the Pisa train station at 9:27am just in time for the 9:32am train to Florence. Luckily buying tickets is easy through the ticket machines, but then you have to validate them in these little green machines, which is also easy, but seems to take forever when you only have 5 minutes to do it all and then find the train. So we rushed to platform 8 and saw a train about to leave. As we were jumping on in our panic, I glanced at the board and it had a completely different place written on it! Apparently we were on platform 9 and thankfully avoided getting on a wrong train, which would have made for an interesting story, but wouldn’t have been so fun at the time.
So we arrived in Florence and our host recommended we try a panino for lunch, which was basically a really delicious sandwich. The place that we went to always had long lines of people waiting to pick from the fresh meats, cheeses, and other items to go on their paninis. I know it seems crazy to rave over a sandwich, but the ingredients were amazing. We went back there a few times during our stay in Florence, which was good because we have not had anything like them since.
Florence was amazing, it was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Italy. If I was to pick a place to live in Italy, it would be Florence, or somewhere around Tuscany. We spent 5 days there and would have stayed longer if we could. Not only was it a great base to visit other places in Tuscany, but Florence itself just blew me away and was the one place in Italy that I was really sad to leave.
The Piazzale Michelangelo was amazing during the day and in the evening. The views and the atmosphere were just breathtaking. The Duomo in Florence was magnificent. I couldn’t help being awed by it every time we walked past. The night scenes in Florence were especially awesome.
The buskers around the famous landmarks, such as the Duomo and the Piazzale Michelangelo were particularly talented and really contributed to the enchanting ambience of the night. We stopped for ages beside the Duomo on the way back to our apartment to listen to a violin player and just soak up the atmosphere.
Since we were there near Christmas time, the streets and some of the buildings of Florence were beautifully lit. We also came across some interesting Christmas markets. We quite enjoyed wandering through the night markets, looking at the stalls and trying the food. Florence during the day was great, Florence at night was captivating. The whole place was just exceptional.