4.11.2015

Florence: A View from the Top (and My Views on Tourism)

The cool picture above was taken by my talented photographer friend, Sasha Stylinksi. I believe she captured my true essence here! For more of her work, visit: legsflorentine.com
Ah, Florence (actually called Firenze in Italy) is one special city, one that hasn't been altered much over time. It's easy to stroll through the streets and envision Michelangelo roaming around there, finding great inspiration out of a city that is no doubt a creative powerhouse. This is a dreamy place, especially when seen from above. 


But I will say Florence is not my favorite Italian city. Rome still takes the cake, and there's a good reason why. The Florentines are a colder bunch of people--distant and distracted in their demeanor. However, I don't blame them. Whilst Florence looks peaceful and perfect from above, below its small frame can barely hold the amount of tourists crowding every crevice. There seemed to be more tourists than Italians, and thus, I heard English everywhere.

Story time:

Being that I am obsessed with coffee, I have learned how to order a cappuccino in Italian, which I did at a local cafe. Next to me comes strolling up an Australian who orders straight away in English without a flinch. I ask her (thinking I can teach her something), "Oh, are you visiting Florence for the weekend?"

She answers,"No, I've been here for three weeks. I'm studying here."

UGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH. ^ MY PET PEEVE! English speakers of the world! If you are living in a country (or even visiting), you owe the country you are visiting respect by at least TRYING to speak their language.

No wonder the Florentines are annoyed. I would be too. Of course, for all my complaints about too much tourism, I was myself a tourist there and can't say much. Florence is a city that has a love/hate relationship with tourism: it's overrun by it, but it needs it to survive.

And could I ever tell you to skip Florence? Hell no. She's too damn beautiful to skip. And so the tourism cycle continues. But what we can learn to do is respect a culture and their language when we are being tourists. We are responsible for that. 

That's enough of my rant, though. ONTO PICTURES! Because seriously, I was enamored by that dome! 







And I was especially enamored by this dude. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT:


 Look at the incredible detail: 

Lest I forget to show you the food (this IS Italy, after all): 




 When you see the above sign in a restaurant, it means it's a historical eatery/bakery in Florence. The business has been making their goods for many centuries and is passed down through the generations. 




For all of her faults, Florence is still loveable. She's just a complicated girl. I can relate to that.


10 comments:

  1. What a torturous blog post! I want to eat everything in sight!

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  2. You'll get there soon enough...and I will have tips for you! And yes, you actually do eat EVERYTHING in sight. I got pretty "bloated" while being there!

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  3. ElleSees.blogspot.com4:42 AM, April 13, 2015

    i guess it's bc i have RBF, but locals almost always assume I am one of them (a compliment of the highest) and will start speaking to me in the language. even if i'm with someone else, like at a museum, they will hand me the local language pamphlet and then the english one to my friends. it cracks me up. finally looking like i'm mad is serving a purpose in life! i always, always make it a point to say something, at the very least a greeting, in the local language before asking for "English please" when needed. I was in Florence years ago around Christmas. It was lovely!

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  4. I basically want to follow you everywhere you go.


    And I'm in love with the photo of you at the top of the post.

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  5. I *love* that top photo of you - it's just stunning!!! And I do so agree - it is really important to learn at least a few language basics when you're visiting, let alone living in, a country! xxx

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  6. I had no idea Florence was Firenze in Italy. Learn something new every day. I totally agree about learning a bit of the language, I am ashamed on behalf of my country for that person's ignorance!! ugh!

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  7. I think I pointed out that it was an Australian because usually it's Americans pulling that sort of crap! haha. Usually Aussies are well traveled and know to be a bit more sensitive.

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  8. Gorgeous. And I LOVE that first photo. Looks like a shot out of a movie!

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  9. I totally agree with trying to speak the language. And I love that last picture

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  10. Umm, hello?! Fist off...Firenze is stunning and its history amazes me. Second, I can't stand people who pretend or believe in English or any other language being the only spoken language all over. Plus, she's studying there?! Wow. Pet peeve indeed. Have some respect and order a coffee in the native language. It's not that difficult especially when you study there. Ugh.

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