A Day in Florence

In May 2012, our family rented this centuries old Tuscan farm house in Panzano.

Florence, Italy

We chose Panzano because it is centrally located for exploring Tuscany and also because that’s where the Officina della Bistecca is located.

If you haven’t already, you’ll want to read about that experience HERE.

One of our day trips was to Florence which is about an hour north of Panzano.

Florence, Italy

The Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross) is situated on the Piazza di Santa Croce.

Florence, Italy

It is the burial place for the “great and good in Florence” — Michelangelo, Donatello, Rossini, Machiavelli, Fermi and Galileo Galilei are some of the people buried there.

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

We spent most of the morning at the Santa Croce exploring the chapels and cloisters.

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Next, we went to the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.

Florence, Italy

Or the Duomo, as it is ordinarily called.

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

It is my favorite building in Florence.

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

For lunch we went to Il Barroccio, a family run restaurant tucked away on a charming street far from the tourists.

Florence, Italy

We love finding small local places like this.

Florence, Italy

The food and service is always better if you can get away from the crowds and eat where the locals are eating.

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

After lunch we walked to the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s David.

Florence, Italy

Michelangelo’s David moved here from the Piazza della Signoria in order to better conserve it.

A copy of the statue still stands in Piazza della Signoria.

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Before heading back to Panzano we walked to the The Ponte Vecchio, or Old Bridge.

Florence, Italy

It’s a Medieval bridge over the Arno River.

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

I love all of the colors.

Florence, Italy

Our day in Florence was so much fun!

We didn’t get to see everything there was to see but we certainly packed a lot in.

Florence, Italy

We even managed to squeeze in an afternoon gelato before driving back to Panzano.

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

You can read more about our time in Italy HERE.

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