An Italian Holiday: Florence, Day 5

Busy start to the year has gotten me a bit off track with posting. So going back to my November Italy trip, Day 5 had me in Florence, an afternoon train to Venice, and a great night in Venice.

I wasn’t sure what to do in my final morning in Florence. I knew I still wanted to get a picture of Florence from Michealangelo’s plaza, but it was just a bit far, and the public transit in Florence was not like that of Rome. So I broke up the walk to the plaza and stopped at the Basilica of Santa Croce on my way. This basilica is also known as Temple of the Italian Glories. Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Rossini, and Dante are all buried within.

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Basilica of Santa Croce
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Basilica of Santa Croce
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Interior of Basilica Santa Croce
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Dante’s tomb
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Michelangelo’s tomb
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Main Chapel Alter
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Stories of St. Francis by Giotto
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Tombs in the floor

Departing the Basilica, I headed across the Arno River to Michelangelo’s Plaza. This is the best place to get a picture of the city. But no one told me it was a hike to get there! It is high above the city, and I got my stairmaster workout in that day. The stairs go on forever!

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Stairs leading up to Michelangelo’s Plaza
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View of Gardens
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Panoramic View of Florence
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Panoramic View of Florence
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Panoramic View of Florence
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Selfie, of course!

It was stunning. I spent a good amount of time just admiring the views of the city. Florence was not really my favorite (Rome was), but I can certainly see my self returning there before moving onto some time in Tuscany.

I made my way back to the B&B, yep back down those stairs. Packed up my stuff, said goodbye to the hostess and it was off to the train station to catch my ride to Venice.

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