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78 | The Capital Of Tuscany
Have you heard of Florence? Of course! It's the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. In fact one of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. 🇮🇹
After my adventure in Rome and San Marino, I didn't want to leave like that, so I checked the map and Tuscany in central Italy looked super interesting. My first stop was Florence. 🚌
The one thing I always do before travelling is to reach out to locals. Luckily I'm sure we all know at least one Italian person. I got some recommendations from them in terms of what to do in X, Y, Z days and if it's worth certain thing or another. To me this is a great starting point for my research before travelling… and to make a video too of course. 🤪
Anyway, when you ask about Florence, you normally have multiple opinions. Some locals will tell you to stay for a month… but we all know how difficult that can be. Other locals will tell you about how amazing the art and museums are there. And there's always some football fans telling you everything about Fiorentina. I truly enjoyed my time there but few things I learned the hard way 👇
Florence is absolutely packed, really. Even starting your day at 8.00 am can bring some challenges, so it's important to mentally prepare to deal with a lot of people. 😀
You can't fly your drone in the city but you have some iconic views from multiple places. Giotto's Tower is not the right place… if you're looking for “the shot”. The top floor is a wire cage presumably to stop people leaning too far over the edge. You'll see what I mean in the Tip #8 of my recent video. 📸
When you buy pastries / bread and that type of stuff in the market, the price you see is not the one you'll pay. Everything is by weight. So if you see on a muffin a nice tag € 1.5 you need to know that's not the final price and it's ok but you need to be ready for the surprise 🎁
Coffee is not great everywhere. This is a myth. You still need to find the right places, particularly if you're a coffee lover like myself. But there's one place I really enjoyed called Ditta Artigianale, hopefully you can try it if you go! ☕
Other than that I have to say I had a lot of fun in Florence, particularly visiting some of the museums and towers (and I'm not a museum guy!), trying some amazing gelato, tasting insanely big sandwiches, discovering great spots for photography, learning a bit of their history and enjoying the beautiful weather. 🤩
Next week, our journey will take us to the unforgettable “other part” of Tuscany region in central Italy and you'll understand why next week when you see these towns. Of course, there will be a video on the channel. 🎥
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