Wedding Weekend in Florence

We arrived in Florence on January 16th. The city is incredible. It’s charming, beautiful, and ridiculously rich in history, culture and art. Also the pasta and wine are amazing. And the men are handsome, but I didn’t notice as I only have eyes for my husband.

Maybe we’ll decide to come back during the Europe part of our trip – we definitely didn’t have the time to explore properly.

I should backtrack and tell you that we came to Florence in the first place to celebrate my cousin Steven’s wedding. They were pretty unlucky as there was an airport strike the Friday afternoon, so half the guests showed up late and missed the family pictures. Which means we stood out more in the pictures, which isn’t half bad. Check us out:

Kim & Abe Florence

{Abe and I during family pictures}

We took a guided tour of Florence. We learned about the Medici family, who essentially ruled Florence for 13 generations. They didn’t declare themselves kings but acted as such. They strategically built houses that were more modest outside but lavish inside so as not to inspire envy amongst the people.

Duomo 2 Florence {The Piazza del Duomo}

We visited the Piazza del Duomo and went into the Santa Maria dei Fiori. The duomo is spectacular, with its sheer size and the green, red and white marble outside. We didn’t have the time to climb the 400+ stairs to the top of the cupola, but I hear it’s beautiful and worth it. I can’t say I regret not climbing all those stairs though. A coffee sounded way more pleasant and relaxing.

We walked to the charming Ponte Vecchio, where the Medici family built a secret passageway to be able to cross from one side to the other inconspicuously. The bridge now houses countless little gold and jewelry stores.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA{View of the Ponte Vecchio from the Uffizi Gallery}

If you visit Florence, you really should visit Uffizi Gallery. It’s filled with works of the great Italian masters, including Botticelli, Da Vinci, Titian and Michelangelo. One of its most famous works is The Birth of Venus, it’s tough not to be in awe when you stand in front of it. Also, I do like that chubby was beautiful back then. I vote we bring that back so I can eat more pasta and tiramisu.

We passed by the Palazzo Vecchio and saw the replica of the statue of David, but didn’t have the time to go see the original at the Galleria dell’Accademia. That makes me feel like a crappy tourist, and I almost didn’t want to admit it to you. Next time we visit, that will be at the top of our list.

The wedding on Sunday was beautiful. The ceremony took place in the Great Synagogue, and the reception was at the Stazione Leopolda. A huge congrats to the beautiful bride and groom, Isabelle & Steven!

Steve_Isa 2{The beautiful bride and groom, Isabelle & Steven!}