Florence

Image credit: George Pearman

Florence

It was really hot today, and many restaurants use misters to cool their guests. If you look near the middle of this photo, you can see some people are using umbrellas to shield themselves from the misters, which I found to be funny and perplexing.

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People use umbrellas in a 'RISH PUB

Here’s a generic Florence street; they’re a lot of fun since cars rarely drive. When cars do drive, pedestrians are often slow at getting out of the way.

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Typical Florence Street

Piazza della Signoria

The Piazza della Signoria is a 1 minute walk from our Airbnb, which is in an excellent location. The most iconic building in the Piazza della Signoria is the Palazzo Vecchio. In my opinion this building does not look too great.

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Palazzo Vecchio

Here’s some statues under archways (Loggia della Signoria):

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Loggia dei Lanzi

This is the Fountain of Neptune. There were lots of people everywhere in this plaza, including right in front of the fountain.

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Fountain of Neptune

The Equestrian Statue of Cosimo I:

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Equestrian Statue of Cosimo I

Rivoire

Breakfast/lunch was spaghetti with clams (Vikram had cake because he wasn’t too hungry for some reason). We ate at Rivoire in the Piazza della Signoria.

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Spaghetti with clams

After lunch we had a lazy afternoon due to the crazy heat. We went in some stores and then went to the Airbnb for reading and napping.


Dinner

The best meal that Vikram and I have ever had was at Pensavo Peggio. By now we’re experts at eating in Italy, so we split everything. We got the lasagna, and the truffle beef (which came with potatoes). Dessert was tiramisu (like usual). They gave us free lemoncello at the end of the meal (presumably due to our charisma).

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Best meal ever

Basilica of Santa Maria Novella

After dinner we walked around Florence some more. Here’s the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella where we saw a lot of people sitting listening to some live music.

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A weird car

I saw this Renault Twizy while walking around. This is a two-seater (one person in front of the other) electric car. Weird.

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Renault Twizy

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

The duomo was unlike any other cathedral I have seen so far. It was extremely intricate while still looking very “flat” from the front. Lots of people sat in front and the streets nearby were very lively. I expect most people in the city like to enjoy the cool of night outside after the hot weather during the day.

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Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore