Today our host family showed us around
Florence, showing us sky top views of from the hills I would never think to seek on my own. They had originally planned a trip for us outside of Florence but Marco has been sick the last few days and did not feel well enough. So Florence it was! Florence
The four of us were up an out early, ready for an entire day of sites. We all squished into our host parents small Italian car and headed up through the hills arriving at first stop the Piazalle Michelangelo. The piazza was nothing special but the view was incredible. Now I know where all those post card pictures of the city come from, for as we walked towards the edge of the piazza, the city of
emerged beneath us. We stood there looking down on tiny red roofed buildings and picking out iconic monuments like the duomo, which towers over the rest of the city, and the Florence . Marco then turned to me and said “This is how we see church of Santa Croce ”. It was amazing. Florence
Our next stop was a church atop a hill nearby. There we met up with my host mother’s sister and the two students she hosts. We toured the church together and then headed out to complete opposite side of the city.
We drove through the city to the hills on the other side of
. Cristina explained to me that Florence lies on a plain, surrounded by hills. The drive along the windy roads on the hill provided us with some beautiful scenery. Florence at it’s finest! Tuscany
We stopped at a small piazza and then made are way up a steep hill by foot. We came to yet another look out point, showing
from a different angle. Although it was foggy, we were still able to see the beautiful hills of Florence Tuscany surrounding . Across from this view was a small church. We ducked our heads in but didn’t stay long because they were having mass. Florence
By the time we made it down the hill we were all hungry for lunch. Marco took us to a beautiful restaurant atop the hills that a friend of his owned. We stepped inside the dining room which was surrounded by windows, revealing the beautiful view of
. It was awesome! Tuscany
Knowing how much Ali and I like fish and seafood, Marco proceeded to order fish dishes for us all. We enjoyed a several course meal, as I am finding most Italian meals are. First a plate of crostini (picked out a bruchetta for myself), then a huge plate of mussels, followed by a plate of shrimp risotto and a plate of pasta covered in seafood. It was delicious but I was stuffed!
The other students and I rolled out of the restaurant. We all headed back for a nap before we headed back out to see a showing of Pinocchio! It was an original Italian version shown in a beautiful old theater, and of course all in Italian. I must say I don’t think I caught on to the story as it was fairly different from the well known Disney version.
After a long, eventful day we headed home for a lighter than normal dinner (Thank god after that huge lunch!) I will go to bed picturing those beautiful views of
I experienced today. Florence