After a few days in Rome, we'll be making our way to Staci's study abroad home, Florence. Since its a smaller city than Rome, I'm hoping that we have more time to just wander, take in the beauty and drink all the wine. Here's whats on deck:
After arriving early (via train) in Florence, we plan to visit the Uffizi Gallery, which contains one of the largest collections of Italian Renaissance works in the world. Like our Louvre visit, I expect we'll be doing the "greatest hits" here. We already have our tickets so that we can avoid the infamous line.
We also have reservations for our first day in Florence at the Duomo. We're trying to have it coincide with sunset so that we can get the best views of the city during golden hour and after.
The basilica itself is a treasure chest of art, housing frescos by Domenico Ghirlandaio. Since it's directly across from the train station, it might be our first stop -- at least to see the outside.
This massive Renaissance palace was bought by the Medici family, and over the centuries, it served as the residence of the city's rulers until the Savoys donated it to the state in 1919. Nowadays, it is home to the Boboli Gardens and houses an impressive silver museum and a couple of art museums. We're going to try to stop by during sunset when apparently the sky turns the facade bright pink.
When most people think of museums in Italy, they think of Renaissance painters, but this modern museum there actually has an amazing collection of works from the 20th century. It even has a room showing a 20-minute montage of the best films set in Florence. Shoulda included it in my "What to Watch Before You Go" list.
Based on research, it seems like if you didn't get tickets for first thing in the morning, you'd be SOL getting to see the David, so we did just that. Hoping to get there before the crowds descend.
...And a more day-to-day detailed breakdown:
P.S. Shout out to my cousin, Gabby, who also studied abroad there and gave me a ton of amazing recs!