I feel that to really experience Florence, one must do while also visiting Rome, at least for the first time. Florence is really the yin to Rome's yang.
Florence seems more serene, subtle, elegant while Rome can be loud, noisy and crowded. Rome is better for touring, their running water fountains are all in working order while you could barely find a working fountain in Florence. Florence once served as the capital of Italy, from 1865 to 1871 and owes much of its prominence to the uber powerful Medici family while Rome has been brought to power, after the fall of the Roman Empire, by the Catholic Church. If Florence is for the few, then Rome is for everyone.
|The Duomo in Florence.|
|The exterior of the Duomo marble panels in green, white and pink.|
|Piazza della Repubblica|
|My mom, she just so cute.|
|Dinner, my dad had the veal scallopini.|
|I had the polenta with cuttlefish.|
|Moms had the sausage and beans.|
|Underpass right where we were staying, graffiti is everywhere in Rome and just slightly less in Florence. My mom hated it but I liked some of the artwork.|
|Whereas Rome has the Tiber River, Florence has the Arno River. Such beautiful views.|
|Piazzale Michelangelo, high in the hills, features a bronze replica of Michelangelo's David and overlooks all of Florence.|
|Florence uses the fleur di lis or Florentine lily on its coat of arms and is seen in many places around the city. Interestingly, my family, the Narvaez coat of arms features five white fleur di lis on a field of red|
|The hills of nearby Fiesole, a town overlooking Florence proper and founded by the Etruscans prior to the Romans.|
Beautiful place, now on to Venice!