Sunday, March 4, 2012

Florence Round 2

Last weekend (March 2nd and 3rd), we took our second trip to Florence. The purpose of this trip was for Marco to take us on a tour through the Uffizi Gallery. The Uffizi is a very famous gallery in Florence; the Italian version of the Louvre in Paris. It features work by Botticelli, Micheangelo, DaVinci and many other pre-renaissance and renaissance masters. It was amazing but unfortunately we weren't allowed to take pictures so I don't have any to show you.

After our tour of the Uffizi, my roommates and I went to check into our hostel. We had booked the same one we had stayed in last time on When we got to our hostel, for some reason, they didn't have our reservation. I'm still not sure why our reservation didn't go through but it didn't and the hostel was booked and we had no where to stay. The five of us went on a search for a hostel. We only found one that had five beds available but it was pretty far from the center of town so some of the girls didn't want to stay there. We  walked around for almost three ours looking for a hostel. We were all getting hungry and grumpy. Katy, Rachel, and Natalie eventually gave up and headed back to the train station. I was still determined to stay the night in Florence so thankfully Caitlin stayed with me. We finally found a hostel with a private two person room. It was a little more expensive than our original hostel but we didn't really have any other options. After dropping our backpacks off at the hostel we went straight to a little burrito joint I read about in one of my tour books. We got a giant plate of nachos and split a burrito. It didn't really taste Mexican but was still really good. Later that night we met up with some of our other friends and went to our first Italian "discoteche."

The next morning we went to a famous art store in Florence called Zecchi. I got a small red sketchbook made from recycled paper. Then we got some delicious soup at a little caffe for lunch. After lunch we spent the rest of the day at the Boboli Gardens which is the Italian version of Versailles in France. We just walked around, sketched, and took pictures for almost four hours before heading back to Orvieto. These are some pictures from the Boboli Gardens.