Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in Europe, Italy, Travel | 0 comments


Florence is a city full of stories, as you wander the narrow streets you can’t help but think about what the streets have seen.

Our apartment in Florence was in a beautiful old building with extravagant high ceilings, lofty timber windows and an elegant chandelier, so we nicknamed it “the Manor”.

We climbed over 400 steps to the top of the Duomo to take in the spectacular views over the city.

Stop by the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David.  Despite the familiarity of the statue having seen the image many times, the sheer size was astonishing, he really is larger than life and quite breathtaking.

Take a walk to Piazzale Michelangelo where you can soak up the panoramic view of the city while enjoying gelato and espresso.



For lunch you can’t go past an amazing little hole in the wall called I Due Fratellini, a Tuscan sandwich and wine shop.  There is always a line with rolls only 2.50 euro and a glass of wine even less.  In true Italian style the bread and ingredients are simple, fresh and delicious.  Everyone spills out onto the street to enjoy them resting their glasses of wine on a little wooden shelf.

Sunday meant time to “Forza Fiorentina!” when we went to a football (aka soccer for the Aussies!) home game of the Violas.  The atmosphere was awesome, the fans are extremely passionate and this goes both ways.  When the team does something good there’s roaring approval, but conversely when a player did something short of amazing the crowd was quick to holler abuse at them.

The mosh of the Viola crazed supporters on the hill sang nonstop, not a chant here and there, but a constant surging of uniform voices – “FIR-EN-ZE! FIR-EN-ZE!” “Ohhh Fiiiiorennnntina…” “Forza Violas!”  

There were some older gentlemen in our section who had obviously spent many a Sunday afternoon in with the mob as they chanted along excitedly.  However these guys were also the first to exclaim in frustration when a player messed up.

When we left there was what seemed to be an organised riot by the fans, we tried to inquire what it was about but there was a communication break down so we still don’t know!


Forza Fiorentina!

Forza Fiorentina!

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