This photo essay doesn’t really need an introduction: I was in Florence last week, and yes, it was a dream. It was my first time there and was so thrilled to finally see all the famous art and architecture in person. The weather was perfectly springtime-y, I had gelato every day, I took way too many photo of pretty lanterns, and I visited all the churches, museums, and cloisters.
This trip was exactly was I needed after a long German winter: Feeling the surprisingly strong spring sunshine on my skin, drinking late-night espressi, and reanimating my love for art which I sadly sometimes forget in my day to day life.
I’ll write more about my time in Florence soon, but first I’ll share my best photos! I know, I swore to take less photos this year, but honestly, there were so many pretty (and delicious!) things about Florence and I just had to take a few hundred, okay, 900 photos during my time there — and these photos are the ones I like best:
Florence being picture-perfect at dusk
Fruit shops in narrow streets
Shadow plays of the mysterious Vasari corridor
Springtime in the Boboli Gardens
View from the Bardini Gardens
Golden Hour by the Duomo
Find the Duomo I: Bardini Gardens Edition
Mushroom-stuffed ravioli with truffle sauce — so good!
Golden Hour street scenes
One crazy expensive espresso, but with a view of Piazza della Signoria
Find the Duomo II: Narrow Street Edition
Other people’s laundry is always way prettier than mine
An art historian with a view
Evening light by the Arno River
Italian buffalo mozzarella is all I need to be happy
Lamp love, shadow love
Meeting the most handsome man in town on my Walks of Italy tour
Santa Maria Novella from the inside (and Masaccio’s famous Trinity on the left!)
Boboli Gardens and Palazzo Pitti in the back
Cappuccino and a ricotta-filled flaky dough pastry (sadly I don’t know the name of it, but it was good!)
Morning light in the cloisters of San Lorenzo
Titian’s beautiful Venus seen on my amazing Uffizi tour
Find the Duomo III: Pretty Lamp Edition
The leather market (aka heaven for souvenir addicts)
Light lunches are better with buffalo mozzarella
The most famous bridge
Gelato looks just extra pretty in narrow little streets, don’t you think?
The joy of finding such an Italian scene among all the tourists
Shutters and signs and shadows
Find the Duomo IV: I-need-that-little-balcony-Edition
Literally surrounded by art
“Cappuccino” and “cornetto” are my favorite words in Italian
Bike and street art and yellow houses
Forever obsessing about those lamps
I prefer my nail polish matching my gelato
Find the Duomo V: Advanced Edition
Under the Tuscan sunset
Coffee on the counter, as you do
From Piazzale Michelangelo
Have you been to Florence?
Which photo do you think depicts the city best?