It is such a weird feeling to be counting down the days until we return back to Australia now. Foreign concepts such as sunshine, warm weather and good coffee will soon be a reality in our lives again.
That doesn’t mean we aren’t enjoying our remaining days here in Europe. After the hustle and bustle of touristic Rome, Florence seemed peaceful. We caught an early morning train from Rome yesterday, and got to Florence with plenty of time ahead of us. We only booked for one night, but we easily managed to see everything we wanted. The main attraction of the town is the Duomo, which is probably the most stunning church I have ever seen. It was free to wander around inside, but you could pay to climb the dome. The price tag was a bit excessive for us, so we made do with wandering around outside.
We spent most of the afternoon just wandering the streets. There are plenty of museums and galleries in Florence, but with the sun out we really just felt like being outside. We eventually climbed up to a viewing square with amazing sights of the city. Another basilica was located further up the hill, as well as an extravagant old graveyard. Some of the tombs could have passed as mini palaces!
After our early start to the day we were quite tired in the evening, so settled down for a dinner of aperitivo (buy a drink and get access to a food buffet, usually about 8 euro) before camping down at our hotel for the night.
Today, we are off to Venice! We are both incredibly excited to see this famous city, despite warnings about the likelihood of us getting lost and the expensive price tag. It shall be fun!