Italy – Florence

**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.

Santa Maria Novella
Santa Maria Novella

We walked towards the Duomo. We didn’t go into the Duomo or Uffizi gallery in Florence because we had so little time!

Duomo
Duomo

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!

Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria

On day 2, we walked through some more streets and found this!

Dollar building art
Dollar building art

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.

Ponte Vecchio
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.

Locks on the bridge
Locks on the bridge

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.

Statues
Statues
Statue
Statue
Statue
Statue

For lunch, we had the freshest mozzarella and tomatoes on focaccia!

Focaccia
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.

Food market
Food market

Look what caught my eye! A very interesting dining table 🙂

table
Table
Table
Table

There was fresh pasta displayed at one of the restaurants.

Fresh pasta
Fresh pasta
Fresh pasta
Fresh pasta

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!

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