If you plan on travelling to Florence, Italy – just know that there is so much to do & see. Make sure you maximise your time while there. But, first thing is first – do your research. We didn’t have to worry about that; our Topdeck tour guide had that covered.
So, what does one do in Florence when they have only a day? Here it goes! We started off with a private leather demonstration; we now know what makes Italian leather special. Included on our itinerary was a Florence walking tour which, by the way, can only be done by a local #TisTheLaw.
One of the beautiful sights included on our walking tour was the majestic Basilica di, Santa Croce. It’s made of varying shades of coloured marble. The church hosts tombs of Galileo (Italian Engineer, amongst other things), Michelangelo (one of the famous artist of the Italian Renaissance – you all should know this guy!) and Ghiberti (Creator of the bronze doors), impressive. I could tell you more about these guys – but, neh!
Other attractions we saw included these world famous sculptures; the David – a replica, Hercules and Cacus, statue of Perseo holding Medusa’s head, Rape of the Sabines.
No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Fontana di Trevi, or Trevi Fountain. It is located in the Quirinale district of Rome; it is known as one of the most stunning in the world – I agree! It’s said that the Aqua Virgo (a.k.a Virgin Waters), is named in honour of a young Roman girl who led thirsty soldiers to the source of the spring to drink.
The fountain is built, at the junction of three roads. These three streets (tre vie) give the Trevi Fountain its name, the Three Street Fountain.
Thank you Topdeck for the knowledge update – HOLLER!
Some fun facts about the Trevi Fountain
- Apparently, if you throw a coin into the Trevi – with your back to the fountain, throwing the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder – that will ensure a return to Rome, throw in the second coin if you’re seeking love – even a third for wedding bells! We did all three, lol!
- The fountain is said to be haunted, not my story to tell – –> #Topdeck
- Every night about 3,000 Euros are swept up from the bottom of the fountain. The money is donated to a Catholic charity.
- It is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome
On our free half day, we visited a few museums – there was not enough time! Going back. Below are pictures from Romes’ oldest town hall, di Palazzo Vecchio. It has a few pieces by Michelangelo.
Next up, my absolute fave destination, ROME! #AreYouNotEntertained?!