After spending a few days in Venice, exploring historic Venice on foot but also some nearby colourful islands, it was time for us to continue our Italian journey. We took the train to Firenze to spend the rest day over there. It took us two hours to get there from Santa Lucia station in Venice. Obviously one day is not enough to visit this amazing city but we wanted to have a little glimpse of Firenze before heading to Cinque Terre.
When we arrived there, the sky was quite dull and we thought it was going to rain. We walked in front of the famous Uffizi Gallery and headed towards the Mercato Nuovo where we could find Il Porcellino (“piglet” in Italian), a bronze fountain of a boar. There was a market there, very vibrant place packed with tourists.
Since the weather was not really improving, we thought we would have food first before heading towards the famous Duomo. We had some pizza and two delicious glasses of wine.. I had a Moscatel and Le had a Chianti.. and that was the beginning of our love story with Italian wines.
When the sky cleared up, we bought a ticket to climb on top of The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as the Duomo. It was hard to climb these 463 steps to get to the top of the Brunelleschi’s dome. The views from there were nice, it is always good to see the town from a higher perspective but it was not “extraordinary”. No, what was extraordinary was to see the architecture of the building from inside to really appreciate this masterpiece. I was blown away.
Going down seemed easier at first than going up but it was actually quite tricky to get past all the tourists that were climbing up and was quite scary if you are a bit scared of heigh (which I am). In the end, it took me quite a long time to go down! Haha!
We then went to the Campanile, also known as the Bell Tower, and it was just awesome!!! The views from there are just amazing!! In summary, for the views, the Campanile is definitively better but for the architecture, I would recommend the Duomo. The unique feature of the Bell Tower is the rich sculptural decoration
The ticket we bought allowed us to visit the Duomo and the Campanile a swell as a the Baptistery. The inside was quit surprising, I was not expecting to see such lavish decoration.
At night we went to have food and it was probably our best meal in Italy.. that restaurant was just fabulous! Hmm that beef.. I’m still salivating!