Hey y’all, Melvin’s here. I’m proudly guest editing the first ever Italy journal on this blog! Yay! 😁 😁 It was also my first time being in Italy and I’m glad I started off at the country’s most beautiful city: Florence. Of all the cities I had the chance to visit in Italy this time, I would pick Florence as my favorite. Sadly I was only here for a few days before we had to head off to another city (journals about them coming soon!), but I had one of the best time in my life. So, here’s my full journey on the beautiful Firenze, Florence Summer!

Florence (Firenze) is said to be the Italian pride of the finest Renaissance art, history and architecture, and I can see why. The huge number of historical building, statues and other exhibits that you can see all over the city is simply amazing.

Of course, when you visit Florence, you should go straight to visit the iconic Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, also famously known as Il Duomo di Firenze (Duomo: Italian Cathedral.) This epic building is located in Piazza del Duomo and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. You won’t miss it, it’s right in the heart of the city and it’s the tallest building.

The architectural detail is truly breathtaking. I can’t stop looking up and admiring the 150 years long workmanship. Unlike most Gothic/Neo Gothic styled cathedrals where the stone facade color is predominantly dark, the Duomo is bright and pastel hued… I don’t know, it just gave me a happy feeling surrounded by these colors.

Piazza della Signoria, the L-shaped public square of the Firenze’s town hall. There’s a copy of Michaelangelo’s David statue in the middle of the square. The original David statue is housed inside The Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze (which I didn’t go because… #cheap.)

The ornamental arch inside Palazzo Vecchio.

Battistero di San Giovanni / The Florence Baptistery, stands in both Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza San Giovanni. The Baptistry is octagon shaped, with a rectangular addition on the west side.

By the end of the day, we enjoyed our time slowly at Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square) with the beautiful panoramic view all over Florence, waiting for our first Florencian sunset.

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