When I started asking around about places to see in Italy, everyone said Florence. We did a walking tour the first day and as it got closer I wanted to cancel it but I am SO glad we didn't. It was seriously amazing!! Our guide knew absolutely everything there is to know about Florence and its history. It was supposed to be a 3 hour tour but she went way over. She just kept answering questions and sharing info and we never got bored. We learned so much about the history and the architecture and it was amazing. The tour concluded with a trip to the Academia to see the David statue and it was so cool. One good thing about doing a tour was that you get to skip the line that goes around the corner. A lot of the museums throughout Europe had insane lines but if you do a tour group you get to skip those, so that is a major plus! The tour guide was Sylvia with Avanti and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND (and no they didn't pay me to say that either).
I think it was if you rubbed his nose you got good luck and would return to Italy again?
We climbed the duomo. Let me just say these pictures do it no justice at all. It is one of the most beautful buildings EVER. You pay for a ticket and it also works to climb up the belltower which is on the other side as well. Going inside the church itself was free but a lot of the churches throughout Europe had the most amazing exteriors but the interiors were quite simple. I loved how ornate this building was.
check out these amazing (non edited) VIEWS. Holy smokes.
We learned so much about this statue. So cool/