As you all know Florence started off on a bit of a low due to illness so we'll skip over that part.
The first thing to tell you about Florence is the house we stayed in. We found it on Airbnb.com which is a website where people let their house, flat, apartment etc out short term. Generally if there are more than 1 of you staying there you can find accommodation at the same cost as a hostel. We stayed in a 3 storey house, the family of 5 + a dog called Dexter lived on the ground floor and they let out 3 bedrooms on the top floor. The middle floor had an extra bathroom & a kitchen with an outdoor terrace. For 2 of the 4 nights we had the place to ourselves but the other 2 nights were fine - we barely saw the other guests.
Outside the house
Russell cooking up some pasta
The view from the shower
Pasta & wine on the Tuscan Terrace
Dexter - a very friendly dog. I commented on him to Russell and Russell's reply was ' yeah at 1 point he was sucking my elbow, he had the whole thing in his mouth'. Haha
The first thing we did when we felt well again was to follow a tip by a blogger called Adventurous Kate (adventurouskate.com) We went to a department store on the Piazza Della Republica and went right to the top where there is a cafe with a rooftop terrace with ace views of Florence for free!
We then had a long walk around Florence and took loads of pictures. It's a gorgeous town and extremely picturesque. There are lots of nice looking shops, bars, restaurants and gelaterias.
Stay tuned for Firenze part 2 (and maybe 3)