Last night I met my sister at her hostel. I hadn’t seen her for about 8 months. It was nice catching up although sadly she had food poisoning.

In the morning I hopped on an Italian high-speed train that had working air conditioning and arrived on time, which was nice. Especially the air conditioning part. My train ride from Switzerland to Rome felt like a sauna until they fixed the AC.

So far, I think Florence is visually the most stunning city I have been to. It certainly doesn’t have the natural beauty of the Swiss Alps, but the architecture is beautiful. Almost every street is stunning to look down. Wandering around is thoroughly enjoyable.

The Duomo is second only to La Segrada Familia in my mind. Whenever its dome peaks over the roofs of other buildings or I can see a bit of it from down the street I get a little excited. Yes, I am a bit weird. You really need to see it in person to understand. I didn’t have a chance to go inside but I will do that tomorrow.

After circling the Duomo I walked towards the river, passing the Museo Del Bargello and the Uffizi Gallery. Both of which I may try to check out tomorrow. I then went to Ponte Vecchio, the only bridge in the world that is full of shops. It is also the only bridge that remained after bombings in World War 2. Sadly it is all jewelry shops so I quickly left, but it is an interesting sight.

After that I went to the Piazza della Signoria where there was an interesting statue. After that, two more cathedrals, the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Church of Santa Maria Novella. Both are beautiful from the outside but other than some pretty stained glass in the Church of Santa Maria, standard on the inside.

I had dinner with my sister right next to the Duomo. Easily my biggest splurge on food this entire trip but it was nice having something other than pizza or pasta. I had veal grilled with tomatoes and a simple salad of parmesan and greens. Delicious.

My internet connection is not doing well so I will update this post tomorrow with the photos.

In front of the Duomo

In front of the Duomo

The side of the Duomo

Museo Del Bargello

Ponte Vecchio

A statue

Basilica of San Lorenzo

Church of Santa Maria Novella stained glass

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