September 10, 2014

4th of July in Florence

I forgot to mention that our day in Venice was on the 4th of July. It's funny even now how it was just another normal day to everyone around us.

Luckily we were still in the mood to celebrate so after leaving Venice we headed to Florence. Our hotel was a little outside of the city. Instead of heading into the city center for the evening, we stayed nearby and had dinner at a pizza place.

Decked out in red, white, and blue glow bracelets we headed next door after dinner for drinks and a little obnoxious rowdy American fun. Apparently we weren't as obnoxious as we thought because the young Italian guys running the bar certainly gave us a night to remember! They joined in on our American fun, cranked the music, and poured drinks all around the bar. They were wild!

A fun night behind us, we got up the next morning and started our day with a guided walk around the city. It wasn't my favorite city tour, but the upside to any tour is to get a good layout of the land and scope out the places you hope to visit on your own.

We met our guide at the Santa Croce Church, the great Michelangelo's final resting place!

It was interesting to learn about the Florentine greats and the ancient history dating way back to the time of the Romans which have made Florence the artistic city it is today.

We ended our tour in the Piazza della Signoria where the famous David replica stands in original David's spot. 

The Italian sun was scorching and we all know the cure to an Italian heatstroke is some gelato. Megan and I rested up with a little shopping and made note of sights we wanted to visit the next day when we had more time. 

Later that evening our guide Claudia took us to a club where she knew the owner and he let us in with no cover charge. A small group of us grabbed some pizza slices and beer on the go for dinner before meeting up with the whole group. We had a blast dancing the night away! 

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