{The David, Pisa and Dinner on the Italian Riviera}

After seeing The David today, I understand why it is such a world-renowned masterpiece. Michaelangeo’s ability to carve veins on David’s hands and curls in his hair is unbelievable and the sheer size of the statue is, well, ridiculous. Adam and I bought tickets to the museum before we left for Europe and (once again) we were glad that we did, as the line to get in without a pre-paid ticket was almost 3 hours long! Book ahead, go right in, enjoy the David for as long as you like (the rest of the museum is a bit of a letdown), and leave happy knowing that you didn’t waste your whole day standing outside the museum! Oh, and like many museums, pictures of The David are not allowed… I just couldn’t help myself! (See below)
Next up on our list of Italian tourist spots was Pisa, and boy is Pisa a tourist spot! Adam and I both were a bit disappointed with the whole Pisa experience (Adam equated it to stopping on the side of a highway to see the world’s biggest ball of yarn), but regardless, we had to see it and now we never have to go back.
We ended our day on the Italian Riviera in a town called Levanto where we enjoyed a delicious dinner of pesto pasta in a small restaurant full of locals. The Italian Riviera is the birthplace of pesto, and boy can you tell! The pesto was so flavorful and delicious and not like anything that we buy at the supermarkets back home. We finished our night with a walk along the beach during sunset.


{A Perfect Florentine Day// Florence}

Florence is full of life, art and beauty. Our first taste of this was the city’s Duomo. The structure towers over the surrounding buildings and awe-struck tourists. It is impossible to miss and incredibly gorgeous. We walked through the Piazzale Vecchio (and its outdoor gallery, including the fake Statue of David) and continued through squares and streets filled with pedestrians, artists and incredible buildings until we reached the river and its beautiful views of Tuscany.
We had lunch outside on a small side street. Adam had a seafood pasta dish and I had pasta arrabiata. We both practically licked the plate clean (Italians do know their pasta!). Italy in the summer is very hot but we decided to brave the heat and head to the Boboli Gardens, an area behind the Pitti Palace once owned by the famous Medici family. The area boasts gardens, sculptures and great views of the city. When it became too hot to handle, we got some gelato to cool down (stracciatella is still my favorite!) and began to walk back to the Duomo. One of the amazing things about traveling is that you will always happen upon something that you didn’t expect…in Florence, this was an Independence Day celebration (which of course we partook in!) full of costumed performers dancing and playing instruments.
While the entire day in Florence was absolutely magical, the highlight had to be our sunset picnic of pizza and wine on the Piazzale Michelangelo. The square boasts unbelievable panoramic views of the entire city. The pinks, purples and yellows over the Florentine skyline were magnificent and a perfect way to end our time in one of the most beautiful cities.