the art of the perfect snapchat

Since museums are not really my thing, had to keep myself entertained somehow. So just in case this offends anyone…….#sorrynotsorry (pictures were taken in the Uffizi in Florence, the Borghese in Rome, the Vatican Museums in Vatican City, and the National Roman Museum in Rome)

when you’re up before the sun

Piazzale di Michelangelo (Michelangelo’s Square) – to think we almost skipped this place. We only had one day in Florence (we had booked tours to other towns already for our other two days in Florence) and we couldn’t fit this at the end of our day. So on our last MORNING in Florence, we decided to…

there’s more to florence than just the duomo

1. La Porta del Paradiso (Ghiberti’s Doors of Paradise) – at the time of my visit (September 2014), the museum was closed. However, they have one set of doors displayed outside. If you want to get anywhere near that door, go in the early evening to avoid the hoards of tourists. It’s not AS crowded…..keyword, “As”.…

exploring mercato centrale

Mercato Centrale (Central Market) – I will never forget this place. This is where I had my first authentic Italian pasta experience. Linguine al pesto, adorned with bite-sized pieces of green beans and potatoes, showered lovingly (and generously) with parmesan (?) cheese. I’m talking about FRESH pasta – wait half an hour – made to order pasta.…

strolling over the ponte vecchio

This is a bridge that crosses the Arno River. On each side, you’ll find the Ponte Santa Trinita and the Ponte alle Grazie. But Ponte Vecchio isn’t just any old ordinary bridge. It’s also home to some pretty old jewelry shops. So if you have some change to throw, you can check out what they…

taking the train in florence

A 15-minute walk from the train station could easily turn into a 30-minute walk – if you’re dragging your luggage across what seems like miles and miles of cobblestone. But hey – “A penny saved, is a penny earned.” That money that you saved on cab fare could be spent in a better way. Like…