48 Hours in Florence & Cinque Terre
Back in September of 2017, I had the opportunity to fly to Italy, while working with Constell Media on one of their corporate jobs. We were in Milan for less than 24 hours, so I was not able to get any photos there. But we spent about 2 days in Florence, Italy with a side trip to Cinque Terre. And it was magical! I’ve been there before, but that was over 12 years ago and I was just a dumb college kid. But this time, I really had a chance to appreciate the culture and architecture. It’s truly a far cry from the architecture that you see, even in America’s oldest cities.
When I was in Florence many years ago, I was there, literally, for 24 hours. So I saw the major sites, but I remember that it was raining for much of my time there. And back then, you were NOT allowed to take photos of the David. (This was before cell phone cameras and social media). So I had no photos of the David. This time around, cameras were cool and we made it a point to take a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery, due to our limited time.
On our off day, we took another guided tour of Cinque Terre. Again, I’ve been there before, in college and my friends and I actually did the full hike, which takes about 6+ hours, basically a full day, if you stop to eat and see the sites. But this time, we opted for the guided tour, which was great because they took us to Porto Venere, a place I’ve never been. It’s still pretty touristy, but not nearly as bad as the rest of Cinque Terre. In Manorola & Vernazza were packed with people/tourists, while Porto Venere was much quieter and low key. It may have been because it was later in the day.
Here are some photos from the trip. To see all of the photos, please see the full gallery here.