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Rise and shine! We were up bright and early on Friday morning to catch our train to Florence, Italy. My best friend is studying in Milan, Italy for the semester, so I met her in Milan on Thursday night so that we could take the train together on Friday. We were both exhausted and fell asleep on the train. Once we arrived, we left the train station and tried following the directions given to us by the hostel. However we got so lost and could not figure out how to get to the hostel that was apparently a 15 minute walk away so we jumped in a cab. We checked into the hostel and then we were on our way.

We saw the whole city in one day. We started the day off by going to the leather market. It was so much fun. I bought two black purses, one for myself and one for my sister. I also bought this gorgeous wallet, for only 15 euro. The leather market consists of different booths filled with purses, wallets, shirts and scarves. Ever vendor tries to convince you to enter their booth and buy their products. Almost every booth carries the same design of purses and wallets, it is just a matter of which vendor you wish to buy from and the quality of their product. My friend and I spent an hour or two walking up and down the aisles of the leather market. We had so much fun. We walked through each aisle twice just to be sure we did not miss anything special that we did not catch the first time around.

After the leather market, we went to look at Florence’s most popular site, the Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore Duomo or cathedral. It was gorgeous inside.

Next up on our list of things to see was the Campanile, or the bell tower. We climbed 414 stairs to reach the top of the bell tower. There is no elevator or escalator, so the only way to make it to the top is to walk all those steps. It was well worth it. From the top of the building, you can see the entire view of the city. It is breathtaking.

We then went to see Florence’s most famous square, Piazza della Signoria. This square contains a copy of Michelangelo’s statue, David, as well as many other statues.

The last thing we saw that day was the Ponte Vecchio. This bridge is special because it was Florence’s first bridge across the Arno River and is the only surviving bridge from the medieval times. The other bridges were destroyed and did not survive WWII.

It was a wonderful day in Florence!

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