Exploring Italy – Florence & Rome

Posted: 11th November 2018 by kathrynpringle


We arrived in Florence late but it was still about 34 degrees. We woke up, had breakfast and went to explore the city. It’s such a beautiful place, with so many beautiful faultless buildings. If you’re a lover of art, Florence is the perfect place to come, as it’s bursting with fascinating art galleries.

Exploring Florence

The best places to see are Florence Cathedral, Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Pitti and Ponte Vecchio, which is a beautiful stone bridge filled with jewellery shops.

Despite the heat, I had running to do as part of my half marathon training, so we got up really early to make it as cool as it possibly could be. We had the most beautiful run along the river at about 25 degrees.

Running in Florence

After a couple of nights, we had seen most of Florence and headed to the station to make our way to Rome. After a short train journey, we arrived to a 40 degree Rome. We checked in to our hotel which was really gorgeous, with black velvet everywhere. As we knew there is so much to see in Rome, we headed straight out to the Trevi Fountain, which is just so beautiful and so peaceful. After making our wish, we headed onto the Colloseum. The Colloseum is a fascinating part of Italian history and it really is amazing what’s left. After a long day on out feet, we headed back to relax and unwind in the hotel spa, exactly what we needed.

The next day was my birthday, I was woken to every possible breakfast you could wish for, along with champagne, cake and red roses. We spent the day exploring Rome and the Vatican City, then late afternoon went on a Segway tour to see a lot of things that we wouldn’t have found ourselves. Including the Aventine Keyhole, which is absolutely incredible and a must see when in Rome, and the Orange Garden (Giardino degli Aranci) the most beautiful, well kept orange tree garden with stunning views over Rome. The centre of Rome was scorching, being on a Segway made life a whole lot easier through the Italian heatwave!


Next was my birthday dinner, the most special meal at a Hi Res at the Valadier Hotel. This was the most beautiful restaurant, the food service and atmosphere was second to none. We sat on the rooftop with views over Rome as the sunset, it was so romantic and the perfect way to celebrate my birthday.

The next morning, after a delicious breakfast and true Italian espresso’s, we made our way to the station to head to explore Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast (blog post coming soon!).

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