**Warning: Many photos and long post**
Read part 1 of our little trip here.
Opposite the Florence train station is the Santa Maria Novella church.
We walked towards the Duomo. We didn’t go into the Duomo or Uffizi gallery in Florence because we had so little time!
We strolled through the streets around the Duomo, did some window shopping, walked on the Ponte Vecchio and stopped for dinner at Piazza della Signoria. The food was okay but it was a great place for people-watching and monument-watching!
On day 2, we walked through some more streets and found this!
It is an artwork installation by a local street artist, Vaclav Pisvejc. He put hundreds of US dollar bills on this abandoned building!
We again walked through the streets surrounding the Duomo and ended up at the other bridge. We got a good view of the famous bridge – Ponte Vecchio.
On the bridge there were the locks that eternal lovers put (before throwing away the keys in river Arno below) and a statue that looks like it is about to jump off.
From there we walked all the way to Ponte Vecchio. At a little store near the bridge, we got postcards for family and posted them. On our return walk from Ponte Vecchio to Piazza della Signoria, we stopped to admire the beautiful statues and see the WIPs of talented portrait artists near the Uffizi gallery.
For lunch, we had the freshest mozzarella and tomatoes on focaccia!
In the evening, we went to visit San Lorenzo market. There were lots of leather, scarves, clothes and souvenirs. We spotted the Mercato centrale and popped in to see. The building from the outside reminded me of a farmer’s market and I was expecting more like a kauppahalli you know, selling fresh produce and all but this is how it looks inside! There were more restaurants than fresh produce shops.
Look what caught my eye! A very interesting dining table 🙂
There was fresh pasta displayed at one of the restaurants.
Although delicious looking, we didn’t eat there as it was too early for dinner. We spent the rest of the evening walking, then had dinner and relaxed with a huge gelato at the steps of Duomo for sometime.
We had a very early flight the next morning. And then, we were back in Finland! It was an awesome but very short trip and it went by at super speed!