Our Holiday Abroad | Florence and The Cinque Terre

Hi Lovely!

This is the third edition of my travel recap! I shared about our adventure in London and our time in Venice and now it’s time to chat about Florence! We spent three nights in Florence so let’s get into the day to day.

Day One
We arrived in Florence via train and got a bit lost trying to find our hotel. It was a very hot day and lugging our luggage through the city was less than ideal. It was a ten minute walk that turned into a 30 minute adventure when we got turned around. We eventually found our hotel and decided to have a little rest in the room to cool down. I feel like there isn’t much protection from the heat in Italy and the best place to find an AC was our hotel. After cooling down we ventured out to find my new favorite store, Flying Tiger. It’s like a mix of Daiso and IKEA. So cute! We then grabbed dinner and turned in.

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Our hotel’s rooftop!

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Our hotel!

Day Two
We woke early our second day and went on a day trip to Cinque Terre. On our mini getaway we visited four of the five cities; Manarola, Monterosso al Mare, __, . This area was really pretty but the downside to doing a day trip was that we didn’t really get to enjoy any of the cities fully. We were on a tour with like 60 people and only had 20minutes – 1 hour in each town. The limited time prevented us from getting a full taste of the area. It was like we got a sampler platter and I left hungry for more. I almost forgot to tell you! While we were walking around Monterosso al Mare we stopped at a little shop and I found a Sailor Moon blind bag! It was crazy!!!! I think it’s one of my favorite souvenirs from the entire trip.

fletch and hilary




Monterosso al Mare

Monterosso al Mare

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Monterosso al Mare

Day Three

Our third and final day in Florence was spent waiting in line to see David by Michelangelo. We waited four hours in the sun to see that darn statue. I will say once we saw it we felt a bit better but there are very few things worth waiting four hours for. Walking up to the statue, I was in awe of its size. I knew it would be big but I didn’t realize it would be THAT big. The guy is huge! I made sure to walk around the entire statue to really take in every angle. There is seating facing his backside so we sat there for a little while to rest from all of the standing in line. The view was not too shabby (for being a giant statue, of course).


After our date with David we walked around the city a bit more. We hadn’t had a chance to take much in and wanted to see more of Florence before we left. We decided to take a stroll towards the water to see Ponte Vecchio (a famous bridge). It was so interesting! All along the bridge are little shops, mostly jewelry. I had never seen anything like it. We walked along the bridge and watched the sun go down over the water. Not a bad way to spend our last night in the big city.

Ponte Vecchio

We had a busy time in Florence and we were excited to move onto Sorrento. What an exciting adventure so far!

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