Florence (Italy – Part 3)

Michelangelo's David, the duomo, silky gelato and leather products

Florence is a very walkable and charming city, full of narrow cobblestone streets, beautiful architecture, and shops and restaurants. If you're looking to buy leather products to take home with you, this is the place to visit. July in Florence is hot — mostly in the high 80s to 90s (Fahrenheit degrees).

The duomo here is very different than the one in Milan.

Its picturesque dome can be seen in a number of spots on higher ground in the city, including from the rather large Boboli Gardens.

It was a hot day to be walking the vast garden grounds, but it was worth it.

Florence is home to Michelangelo's David. There's the real one….

and the other tributes….

There were a lot of artists selling their watercolors or paintings.

There were equally as many leather vendors, more than willing to negotiate a good price on leather goods, although some store owners say the quality of leather is questionable if bought from an outdoor market (a well-known market is the San Lorenzo Market).

Our favorite gelato was at the Icy.Wine Ice Cream and Wine Gallery. It became a daily habit during the four days we stayed in Florence.

Every day, we would cross the Arno River via Ponte Vecchio. Every evening, returning to our hotel, we would cross it again, to the sound of a live musician or band playing. The locals of Florence were probably used to this and subconsciously enjoyed the music as they rode their bikes or walked home quickly, with groceries in tow, but for me, it was a part of the magical aura that surrounded the city in the evenings as the weather cooled down and everyone came out for drinks and dinner at the cafes.

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