Florence was probably the city that I was the least excited for in the Italy part of our trip. Not that I wasn’t looking forward to it! It was just kind of overshadowed by how much I was looking forward to Venice, Rome, etc. Boy was I blown away!! Florence is INCREDIBLE. It has such a neat vibe and is such a beautiful city! It ended up being one of my favorites. We didn’t spend very much time here, only a couple of days, but I really enjoyed exploring this city. It was so clean and had some many cool historic sights to see, like the Ponte Vecchio bridge and Michaelangelo’s David. There was a street with a lot of very high fashion shops (Prada, Gucci, etc) that was fun to walk down even though it was waaaayy out of our price range. We also went to the Boboli Gardens which were SO gorgeous!! I highly HIGHLY recommend Florence!
San Gimignano is the COOLEST old medieval city in Tuscany. This was actually my second time to this part of Italy, my parents took my sister and I to southern Italy when I was in high school and we went to Rome, Tuscany, Naples, and Amalfi. San Gimignano was one of the places that I really loved that time we went so I’ve been dying to go here with Taylor ever since! It is so cool to walk around the old city and climb the towers and look out at the gorgeous view of the countryside. SOOO pretty.
Tuscany is the quintessential Italy, the part that you see depicted on wine bottles and in movies. Rolling hills with miles of vineyards and little Italian villas; medieval cities dotting the countryside. I can’t even begin to tell you how beautiful it is, and the pictures don’t come close to doing it justice. I love Tuscany so much! We stayed outside of San Gimignano in an old Benedictine monastery turned airbnb and used it as our base for exploring the region. I loved staying so far out in the country because we usually try and find a place right in the center of town, so it was a nice change! It was so amazing. The pictures of me in the red dress on the middle of a dirt path are taken on the road that led to our airbnb/monastery.