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Simply Italy: Photos from Florence

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Florence at night!

I’m wrapping up my last night in Florence and I’m speechless. Tuscany really is the most beautiful countryside and the city is bustling with energy. I think I walked here more than anywhere and if my calculations are correctly, I hiked up over 1000 steps to see the most gorgeous views.

Here’s a few pictures but I must say, they don’t do the scenery any justice.

Leaving Venice. We have such a great group and our Tour Director is great!

Leaving Venice. We have such a great group and our Tour Director is great!

I stepped through the archway at Pisa and was taken back.  The architecture was stunning!

I stepped through the archway at Pisa and was taken back. The architecture was stunning!

I knew it was the leaning tower but man.. it really leans!

I knew it was the leaning tower but man.. it really leans!

I had to go up. I just HAD to!

I had to go up. I just HAD to!

Mom came up too. It was quite the hike!

Mom came up too. It was quite the hike!

We spent the evening touring a monastery and having dinner with entertainment.

We spent the evening touring a monastery and having dinner with entertainment.
- Wait until you see the video!

Florence at night!

Florence at night!

Just the girls on our tour group. It's a great bunch!

Just the girls on our tour group. It’s a great bunch!

Our morning started at The Ponte Vecchio with a walking tour of Florence.

Our morning started at The Ponte Vecchio with a walking tour of Florence.

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore aka The Duomo

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore aka The Duomo

The Piazza di Santa Croce Square.

The Piazza di Santa Croce Square.

Back to the The Duomo to climb the 463 steps to the top! Like Pisa, I HAD to do it.

Back to the The Duomo to climb the 463 steps to the top! Like Pisa, I HAD to do it.

And like Pisa, it was TOTALLY worth it.

And like Pisa, it was TOTALLY worth it.

The rolling hills of Tuscany. Photo does not do it justice.

The rolling hills of Tuscany. Photo does not do it justice.

A visit to San Gimignana.

A visit to San Gimignana.

Another tower another reason to climb!

Another tower another reason to climb!

Another TOTALLY worth it moment.

Another TOTALLY worth it moment.

My trip is coming to an end. Tomorrow we leave for Rome with a stop at Siena. Thankfully I’m going to have an 8 hour plane ride Sunday to digest all that I have done because right now, I still can’t grasp that I’m actually here seeing and experiencing all these amazing things. I was brought to tears more than a few times and thinking about it now I start to well up.

Click here to see SIMPLY ITALY: PHOTOS FROM ROMA
Click here to see SIMPLY ITALY: PHOTOS FROM VENICE



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    Simply Italy: Photos from Venice

    January 18, 2013

    You bought the hat!! I love it. Thanks so much for sharing this trip with us...the photos are beautiful and seeing the joy on your and your mom's faces is a gift for someone like me who doesn't like to travel. The Leaning Tower of Pisa...wow, it really does lean more than I thought it did, too! What a great photo. I hope your plane ride home is peaceful. Reply

    Krista

    January 19, 2013

    I have just loved following your trip. It was almost as if I was traveling with you. Thank you so much for sharing the experience with us. Reply

    Louis Biggie

    January 19, 2013

    Roni, this looks incredible. I look forward to your posts about Italy and reflection on this big trip!!! (And your tips for travellers now that you've been to Europe)!! Keep smiling and having fun! Reply

    Tina

    January 19, 2013

    I am LOVING your photos...your trip has made me add this destination to my bucket list. Its just breathtaking! i am so happy for you and your mom- to have this experience together...just amazing! Safe travels back home :-} PS also loving your green coat- it was on my radar this winter but I was on the fence...totally going for it next year!! Reply

    Erin

    January 20, 2013

    Thanks for sharing your photos! I like the lady on the bus with the penguin shirt and hat. I like the stairs in the towers. I am trying to plan to go to Spain for my birthday around March time with Trafalgar I believe the tour is called Spanish Wonder. Great photos. Reply

      Nancy

      January 21, 2013

      That's my mom! lol Reply