One thing I most certainly failed to do last time I was in Florence was go to any vistas; I had next to no interest in climbing the tons of step to the top of the Duomo, and I never made it to Piazza Michelangelo, a popular square on the other side of the Arno that has stellar views of the city. Well, on this trip, the Duomo was still definitely out of the question (no way in hell I was going to descend that many step with my crap knee), so we headed to the Piazza Michelangelo and the two gardens on each side.
Though the walk to the Piazza was all uphill, it was gradual enough that I suggest walking there. We first stopped at the Giardino della Rose (Rose Garden) and wandered around. The roses were all in bloom and there were a good number of them, too. These gardens weren't overly crow
Piazza Michelangelo, on the other hand, was swarming with tourists. Anywhere that looked directly over the heart of Florence was packed! It kinda killed the atmosphere of the square, but the views are still well worth the trip. Be sure to look at the surrounding country side too. The tourists don't seem to care about those views, so you have a bit more room to breathe on that side of the square. The city and the Duomo may be a great site, but hello, so are the hills of Tuscany!
On our way down from the Piazza, we strolled through the Giardino dell'Iris (Iris Garden). There were a TON of iris in all sorts of colors, many of which I had never seen before. They were also gigantic! I was obsessed with the deep purple ones (obvs, that's the best color ever). It was cool to see a whole garden devoted to just Iris -really pretty! Overall, the walking and the site seeing of the the views and gardens took a half day.
Katherine & Bradley
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