Tonight we took Jenny’s advice and trekked up the hill from Florence to the little town of Fiesole for an evening view of the city. Well, maybe not trekked (it is a half hour walk up a steep hill, but our feet were not up to it so we opted for the bus route). At the top we had a beautiful view of the city and a pretty good dinner. Note to jenny: all three places on the corner serve pizza, so we ate at the middle one. Not sure which would have been the best choice, but it was good. It was interesting to sit up at the church overlook and just take in the view. Stunning. Florence is a beautiful city tucked into the Tuscan countryside. You have no idea until you see it from above!
On the bus we met a girl on her last night of study abroad. All her friends had already left town, and it was her final night of a 5 month trip. She choose to spend it overlooking the city from Fiesole, and all I could think about was how it feels to leave a place that you have grown to love. Leaving is always hard, because you usually are looking forward to getting to know a new place (or revisiting an old one) but you still don’t want to let go of what you have come to know in the place you are leaving. I felt that way with the Seychelles, Zanzibar, and Pullman, and all I could think about was how that is how Jenny felt about Florence. Jenny, tonight was for you!
Before heading up to Fiesole we had gelato and toured the Ufizzi art gallery. The Ufizzi was really pretty neat, but not (in my opinion) as good as the Academia. I really prefer impressionist art to renaissance so these painting galleries were not may favorite, but the sculptures were really amazing.
Tomorrow we get to meet up with dad in Venice! It will be fun to see him and explore a new city. Then the parents and I part ways to finish our trips in different directions. I am still loving this trip but my feet will be happy when they get a break from all this walking on ancient stone streets!