My Adventure in Florence, Italy!

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I figured it was about time that I share about my recent trip to Europe with you all! I want to start by sharing about the incredible city of Florence, Italy. I couldn’t have been more excited for this trip! It was probably the least planned trip I’ve ever been on, but that just added to the excitement this time around. I was in awe of the history and architecture, fashion, food, people, and the Italian lifestyle. This was the most amazing way to be introduced to Italy! I spent four nights in this city and could’ve stayed for many more.

I knew Italy would be a place to remember when my first introduction was a thorough search through my travel buds luggage at the airport. The security personnel was so annoyed at having to give my friend a lesson on ALL the items she had in her carry-on she didn’t consider liquids, but were indeed liquids. Every time an item was pulled out, her response was, “That’s a liquid?!”. It was HILARIOUS! She thought I was being overly paranoid about my liquids before we left, but I think she definitely got it after this. Following this moment of fun, our gate number failed to show up on the one monitor we were sitting in front of. Flat White in hand, we raced to the very last terminal to catch our flight because the flight was already boarding. My poor leather jacket now bears the stains of my mad dash.

A couple hours later, I arrived in Florence *phew*! I stayed in a perfect apartment through Airbnb in the cute little Piazza Della Passera overlooking restaurants, a gelateria, and a cafe. It was the perfect spot for people watching down below. The apartment was extremely close the main touristy area, Piazza Pitti (Pitti Palace), but somehow it felt completely separate from the chaos which was wonderful. Italy comes alive at night and I was in the perfect spot to experience it all! Around 9:30/10pm every night, the piazza came alive with everyone eating, drinking, and listening to music till 2am. Of course, I had to go out and join! It was the perfect excuse for more gelato, wine, or a second dinner.

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If you followed my Instagram stories during my travels, it probably looked like I was eating the entire time… you’re not wrong. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much in my life! You come up against this wonderful problem in Italy where your tastebuds are so happy that they begin to ignore the fact that you’re full. Eventually, your stomach gives up protesting and you continue happily eating till you can no longer move. This blog post would be more accurately called, “How I Gained 10 lbs: You can eat your way through Italy too!”. My very favorite restaurant in Florence happened to be the one right below my apartment, 4 Leoni, lucky me.  Just around the corner, was my favorite spot for a cappuccino and breakfast, Ditta Artigianale. Anywhere you go is delicious, but those two spots were definitely my faves.

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Another favorite of mine on this trip were the wineries! It was at the top of my “Things To Do” list and I’m so glad that I made room for it. I got to spend the day in gorgeous Tuscan wine country touring two wineries. I took a bus to up to wine country and got to learn all about my surroundings from our tour guide along the way. One small detail that I didn’t take into account was my motion sickness on the small windy roads, but I survived. And OMG was it worth it!! The scenery was breathtaking. Our first stop was at Poggio Amorelli Vineyard in Chianti. I got to try lots of beautiful wine, cheese, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. I may have had a few bottles of wine shipped here!

 

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Our second stop was at a beautiful castle where there was a winery, cute shops, and a little hotel on the castle grounds. I had some wonderful wine and cheese and was able to explore for a bit. I wish I’d had a more time to walk around since there was so much to see! Being high up on a hill, it was the perfect spot to watch the sunset before heading out.

 

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The day ended with a short walking tour through Siena and dinner there in the Palio where they transform it hold a biannual horse race. It was wonderful to sit and soak it all it. There were lots of great people on our tour, so I got to chat and get to know new people from all over the world. I love meeting new people that you’d never meet otherwise if it wasn’t for our common love of travel. It’s one of my favorite part of traveling.

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Thanks for reading!

Meaghan xx

 

36 Comments

  1. Laurie Gonzalez on October 22, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Your pictures are fabulous! They captures so many beautiful places that I would love to see in person! I’m so glad that you had a wonderful time there. I know that you love to travel:)

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on October 25, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      You’ll just have to come along on an adventure with me sometime!! Thank you for all your love and support! It means so much xx

  2. Leonor B on October 24, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    you’re pictures are amazing!!! funny story when I went to Italy I got severely lost in Rome like scary lost lol hope you had a wonderful time, and you look beautiful but that’s not new!

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on October 25, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Oh no!! That is totally something that I would do. I always need to have data when I travel, so I can look at maps and not get completely lost haha. I have the worst sense of direction!! Thank you for your sweet words and compliments. I hope you’re doing good xx

  3. Jessica on October 24, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Sounds like you had an AMAZING time! Love all of your photos!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on October 25, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      It was incredible!! Florence is such a beautiful city. I could go back again and again and not get tired of it. Thank you for stopping Jessica xx

  4. Nataly on October 24, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Your pictures are wonderful! It looks like you had a blast! Can’t wait to see more!

    -Nataly

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on October 25, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      Aww thank you Nataly! It was the best trip. I can’t wait to share more with you! It so fun to write about it and relive it all. Hope you’re having a great week xx

  5. Nicole Leffew on October 24, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Omg give me all the pizza pasta and salad!! Your pictures are gorgeous girl and so are you! Glad you had a good time xo

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on October 25, 2016 at 11:23 pm

      Haha right?!? I could not stop eating and drinking because it was all so delicious : ) Hope you’re doing good girlie xx

  6. Anna on October 24, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Meaghan, I loved your post!! It brought back so many memories and happy moments spent in Florence. Can’t wait to read your next one! XO ~Anna http://www.pepperedinstyle.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on October 25, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      That makes me so happy to have given you the chance to relive your own wonderful memories of Florence!! It’s such a magical city. I can’t wait to share more with you. Maybe we did some of the same things… Hope you have a great week xx

  7. Leah on October 24, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Love both your chambray off the shoulder and white cold shoulder tops!! Your pictures are so gorgeous and OH MY GOSH THAT FOOD!! Looks so amazing!

    x – L e a h
    http://www.ellemaebloom.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on October 26, 2016 at 12:04 am

      You are so sweet, thank you! It was incredibly hot there, so I was all about light flowey tops. The food was incredible, I was pretty much eating 24/7 haha. Hope you have a lovely week Leah xx

  8. Alicia on October 24, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Love this guide. It looks like such a beautiful place and like you had a great time. I really hope I can make it to Italy one day.

    Alicia | http://www.betweenthepearls.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on October 26, 2016 at 12:05 am

      Yes, you must visit someday! I guarantee that you’ll fall in love with Florence : ) Thank you so much for stopping by xx

  9. Belle on October 24, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    The pictures are beautiful! They make me want to visit Italy soon!

    One Awesome Momma

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on October 26, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you Belle!! I wish I could’ve stayed so much longer. You would absolutely love it, it’s an incredible place! A trip to Italy is a MUST. Thank you for popping by and reading xx

  10. Nicole on October 24, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    I looooooove Florece, so much to do, so much to see and so much food and wine! You pics are gorge!

    Xo, Nicole
    http://www.nicolesometimes.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on October 26, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Exactly!!! I was amazed at all there was to do and see because, like I said, it wasn’t a very planned trip and I didn’t really know ahead of time. Posting all the food pics definitely made me a bit sad and hungry haha. I decided I must go back someday! Have a wonderful week xx

  11. Haleigh on October 24, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    These pictures are so beautiful! I hope you had a blast babe!

    xo, Hales | http://www.sincerelyhales.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on October 26, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Thank you, gorgeous!! I had such an amazing time and will never forget the beauty of Florence. I can’t wait to share part two!! Have a lovely day xx

  12. Krista Williams on October 24, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    This post was MAJOR.

    The first picture of you laughing made my day pretty much 🙂

    Love it! I felt like I was there.

    This is so gorgeous babe.
    xo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on October 26, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Omg you are tooooo sweet!!! I had just finished a croissant and a cappuccino so I was in heaven hehe. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, it was difficult to decide which ones to post because I took so many. I can’t wait to share part two with you! Hope you’re doing good xx

  13. Jessica on October 25, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Hi Meaghan, I love your photos and Italy adventures! I have never been but it is definitely on my (long) list of places to travel 🙂
    ~Jessica | http://www.petitestylescript.com/

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on October 26, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Hi Jessica! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post. It was an amazing trip and it’s always wonderful going somewhere on my list of places. I know how you feel because I’m always adding new places to my list haha. Glad you decided to add Florence to yours! Xx

  14. ruthie on October 26, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Oh, my gosh!!! These images are dreamy…. Like you were in another world!!!!! You are living my dream girlfriend!! I love all of these pictures and hearing about your adventure. I got lost for a second. Felt like I was there XO

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on October 27, 2016 at 2:15 am

      It felt like I was in a dream while I was there! The beauty of the whole city was just stunning. I will definitely be going back someday. I’m glad you were able to get lost for a bit : )

  15. Tanya on October 26, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! Breathtaking photos! I am first generation Sicilian but have lots of family still scattered throughout Italy and Sicily. Such beautiful sights! You are so lucky to have gone. Hope you had an amazing time!

  16. Marguerite Dunigan on October 26, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Such a great post! I just went to Florence this summer and it was amazing! I loved all the food & wine. Next time I hope to get out to one of the wineries! xxx
    Meg
    theautumngirl.com

  17. Rachel on October 27, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Wow, this was a great post! Your pictures are breathtaking. I have always wanted to go to Florence. Hoping I can someday!

    – xo Rachel | http://www.thesassroom.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on November 4, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Thank you so much Rachel! You definitely must go someday, it’s a gorgeous city. Glad I could help nudge you in the right direction! : )

      Meaghan xx

  18. Jami Ray on October 28, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    What a fun post! Loved all your pics. Florence is on my bucket list!

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on November 4, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Jaime, thank you! Checking places off my bucket list is my favorite, you’ll love checking this place off of there, I promise!! Meaghan xx

  19. Jenna at Boston Chic Party on November 8, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Gorgeous photos of a gorgeous place! I want all of the food and wine in these pictures immediately!!
    xoxo, Jenna
    Boston Chic Party

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on November 11, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Jenna, you have no idea!! I was eating and drinking to my hearts content. Everything is so fresh and delicious there, I just couldn’t get enough. I’m ready to go back haha. Thanks for stopping by and reading, gorgeous xx

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