I awoke to my first morning in Florence to the zipping of Vespa’s, the dinging of the clock tower and clinging of bikes — best alarm clock sound I have ever experienced, can that be a choice on alarm sounds when I get back to the States?
Walking the streets of this city just makes you feel a new level of being alive, like your soul is uplifted – no wonder it’s the home of the Renaissance. I spent my first day (jet-lagged) and lost, but surprisingly not panicked. Of all the cities to get lost in, Florence should be on your list, it was breathtakingly beautiful.
First thing, I set out on a mission to find a specific dairy-free gelato shop and ended up finding Ponte Vecchio instead (oh darn). I then came across an amazing outdoor ristorante in Piazza de Repubblica where I spent an hour eating genuine spaghetti, sipping on a superior glass of rose and taking in my view of vibrant street performers and a spinning carousel. I am lucky that a kind Italian gave me a wi-fi hotspot (I obviously looked that lost) and helped me find the way back to my hotel. To my luck, I found a shop that served a dairy-free ice cream, but no genuine gelato for me quite yet.
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