“Been there, done that.” Why go again?
It’s actually very rewarding to revisit a city that boasts a long list of must-sees and -dos, where your first visit was spent running around making sure you didn’t miss anything from the list. It can be so hectic and stressful! But on the return visit, it can be more leisurely, more enjoyable and you have more time to smell and sip the cappuccinos.
Such was our time on a return visit in Florence. We didn’t have to line-up and spend half a day to see the arts in Uffizi , elbow our way through the thick crowds in La Accademia to see the sculpture of David, check out every grand palaces and landmark churches, etc.
We had no itinerary, no agenda. We just wandered aimlessly around the city and took delight in the familiar, something new and trivial. It was truly enjoyable to experience Florence at our leisure. Let us share with you some of the things we saw and did during our spontaneous meanderings.
Happy to finally drive into Florence and see some familiar structures after our travels from the Tuscan countryside.
We normally just drop our luggage in the room and run out to explore after checking in at our hotel. Not this time. We felt no need to rush. It was a luxury to just relax and to enjoy the view of Arno River and Ponte Vecchio (“Old Bridge”) from our hotel room window.
And we took pleasure in every delightful thing that caught our eyes.
If there was one agenda we had, it was to find real good eats. We had enough time to look for well-recommended restaurants like this delightful lunch place, ‘INO (short for panino). Each order of its delicious panino (sandwich) came with a glass of wine. How civil!
…who would get tired of these spectacular views of Florence from the top?
We enjoyed our stroll around historic Piazza della Signora and leisurely examined and admired its many amazing outdoor sculptures, instead of lining up to enter the landmark buildings that surround it.
During the day, we enjoyed hanging out in the rooftop of our hotel and admire the beautiful view of Florence from there. During the night, the rooftop turns into a lively bar where we had fun hanging out with locals and visitors alike.
We were fascinated by the different scenes on Ponte Vecchio at different times of the day. Left: The tranquil scene on the bridge early in the morning. Right: The hectic scene with throngs of shoppers and passersby by mid-morning.
Enjoying a delicious and romantic dinner along the Arno River with a lovely view of Ponte Vecchio.
On our third day, having enough of leisurely time in the city, we thought, “Hey, let’s go to Chianti!”