Our first day in Florence was a success! We started off at the Palazzo Vecchio, where we had a fresco painting lesson. After creating our own masterpieces, we split up into groups for lunch. Our group found a shop that served, “the best sandwiches ever.” After a delicioius stop for gelato, we walked to the Basilica di Santa Croce and were able to see the tombs of Michaelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. By that time, our frescoes were dry enough to take back to the convent. We then Crossed the Arno river on the famous Ponte Vecchio to the Pitti Palace, where we had free time to explore the Boboli Gardens. The gardens were beautiful and fun to explore in smaller groups. The groups meandered through the gardens for about forty minutes before we had to say goodbye to the gorgeous scenery. We headed up a hill to San Miniato, a monastery with a breathtaking view of the city, to see the sun set over our favorite new city. We ended our day with a classic Italian dinner -pizza!
Luke Morina and Peyton Weber