StARTing off in Florence

We woke up bright and early this morning to pack up our things and head to Florence. The bus was luckily very comfortable and the ride didn’t seem too long. We stopped at a rest stop for lunch that had better food than many restaurants in America. When we got to Florence, we checked into the hotel and soon walked to the Uffizi Gallery.

The Gallery showcased many classic paintings, especially religious ones. One of the most common images was that of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus. We got to see many representations of this image, styled differently by many artists from various time periods. We also saw the Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli and pieces by Michelangelo and Da Vinci. I thought it was really interesting that every painting in the museum was painted on wood rather than canvas. We learned a lot about the restoration process of recovered pieces, as well.

We walked back to the hotel, admiring Florence’s beautiful streets along the way. We passed the Duomo di Firenze which is yet another immense, gorgeous cathedral. Many small shops, boutiques, and restaurants line the streets, and we can’t wait to try them out. We finished the evening with a group dinner where we got more food than any of us could finish. The penne bolognese was outstanding and the second course of veal, sausage, and fries was tasty and different from food I had tried in Milan.

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