Days Off in Florence

The garden is loving the rain, so I’m not going to complain….
Instead, I’ll imagine I’m in Florence, a place I love.

Cynthia Reyes - Author

At certain times of the year, my thoughts turn to Florence. Firenze, one of Italy’s most interesting cities.

In early June, the Florentine sunlight is clear gold,  intoxicatingly warm on the skin.

One wants to stay outdoors forever.

Image thanks to accessitaly.com Image thanks to accessitaly.com

The first time I visited Florence in early June, I was shocked by the crowds on the streets, in the piazzas, in the galleries.

I’d repeatedly worked in Florence, but always in winter or autumn.  Without the crowds of tourists, I got to know the city in a more intimate way.

Days off in Florence were special, every errand an adventure.  Picking up supplies, posting letters, buying gifts for family at the open-air market,  sitting in a cafe, having a cappucino, or — depending on the hour — a Caprese salad at a favorite trattoria. All seemed to involve a conversation.

I loved visiting Florence’s galleries. The Academmia…

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10 responses to “Days Off in Florence

  1. Gail

    Love this Cynthia!

  2. Lovely writing, Cynthia… thanks for this trip to Florence!

  3. C’est bien de voyager dans sa tête. J’aime beaucoup l’Italie et leur mode de vie, mais ne suis pas encore allée à FLORENCE. Je suppose que c’est une très belle ville. belle journée 🙂

  4. I love Florence too and would love to have spent more time there. But in the summer months the crowds are unbearable.

  5. A nice way to spend your time.

  6. Beautiful Cynthia and the perfect way to spend a rainy day. You describe Florence in a way that I can imagine walking the markets with you. I’ve been absent as my family and I are dealing with early stages of Alzheimers with my Mother – so my time has become limited. I’m happy to have the chance to see your post today – have a wonderful rest of the week and hope you are well.

  7. A beautiful, sunshine filled post, Cynthia, and I heartily agree that “‘home’ is also where they know you, where they’re glad to see you.” 🙂

  8. I have heard from friends this is really the city to visit in Italy–even if it means skipping Rome . ..

  9. My mother was born and raised in Florence, so for me I LOVE IT too. Thanks for the photo. I agree with you, I enjoy the winter months when there are not many tourists. I was just there last month and with so many tourists it was hard to enjoy the beautiful city. I’ve posted some nice things about Sardinia if you’d like to stop by. That is a beautiful place as well. Keep writing.

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