We started our first full day in Florence by stopping by the tourist information office to buy two highly valuable Firenze Cards. It's pricey at 72 euros per person, but it allows full access to all the museums in Florence for 72 hours AND you get to skip the lines. Since we would be spending three and a half days here, it made sense. We decided Florence is basically Disneyworld for adults with all the crowds and lines.
Our first stop was for gelato, of course.
Our first sightseeing stop was Brancacci Chapel to see its famous frescoes.
We then headed over to Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace), known best for being the residence of the powerful Medici family and later as a royal palace. The opulence is over the top, as is the size of this place. It goes on and on and on and on. We spent about four hours here, and while that was enough for us, you could easily spend all day.
We were completely worn out (who knew wandering around a museum could make your entire body ache?) but we headed to dinner at a wonderful restaurant called Acqua Al 2, a recommendation from our Airbnb host. It's a wonderfully lively and cozy place where the manager speaks almost no English, so we knew it would be good! Hirsh had beef in port wine and Sarah had artichoke risotto.
Then we had more gelato. 😄