June 11, 2016
On Saturday June 11th, I started my day in Florence at the Bargello museum. After the Bargello, we went to the Duomo. The Duomo was probably my favorite part of Florence. I believe that it is the biggest rotunda in the world, but I am not sure. The inside is even more impressive than the outside. The inside is massive. The whole structure is marble including some of the inside. The rotunda has a beautiful painting around it. Then I went to the popular central/leather market with eleven other Pirates. I tried some fried shrimp and zucchini at the central market, and they were delicious. I also ate some chicken nuggets, if I had to compare them to other nuggets, it was similar to Chik Fill A’s nuggets. After the central market, Drew and I met Alex at the Academia.
On the way to the Academia, I stopped in the central market and got some jewelry made in Italy for my mother. We saw the real Statue of David at the Academia. I did not realize that David was that big of a sculpture. There are other frescoes and paintings inside, but David is the most popular thing to see. After the Academia, we met Blake outside and we went back to the Duomo since they had not been inside yet. This time we thought about going up to the top but we did not because we did not want to pay twenty euros. Then we walked to Eduardo’s, which has the best gelato in Florence, maybe top five in the world. It was a twenty minute wait the night before, this time we walked right in. They make the freshest cones and have the best fruit flavors. I got blueberry and cherry in a crunchy cone bowl, and it was delicious.
After that, we walked to a bridge and sat on the ledge and chilled. We quoted movies and took a break from walking on the bridge. Then on the way back to the hotel, we ran into a parade. It was a historic parade with soldiers and drummers. Then we went to the best restaurant in Florence. We had to make reservations the night before and we are glad we did, because two people tried to eat there and was booked until 10. I split a meat platter with Drew. The platter had rabbit, duck, pork, sausage, and steak. After that, we watched England vs Russia in the Euro cup. That was a wild game, the locals and us went nuts when Russia tied because we wanted England to win. After the game, we celebrated a classmate’s birthday. It was a good time and we met an ECU alum. We did not stay out too long because I went to Pisa the next day and the rest stayed in Florence.