i think that one of the best parts about being in florence is that it's so central that it's possible to travel a lot and still experience florence itself. last tuesday i got up early for a doctor's appointment, wandered around florence to find souvenirs for my family back home, left for pisa around noon and was back in time for dinner.
going east, back to florence
dear ol' giuseppe, per usual
a reference for its crookedness
the duomo and the baptistry
campo dei miracoli
or, field of miracles
i really love taking advantage of how close florence is to most everything.
take the train an hour or two west, and hit the mediterranean.
ride north, and find bologna and other lovely northern cities.
head south to find the loveliest hill towns.
or, head east through the mountains and
before you know it you'll hit the adriatic.
i feel like i'm getting such a well-rounded feel of
first and foremost, florentine life;
but after that- italian culture.
italy is so diverse.
it has so much to offer and no matter where i go
there are endless amounts of wonderful things to discover.
and just from florence,
unless you take a long weekend trip way down south or way up north,
everything is close enough to visit and still come home at night.
that's right: "home."