Here are 10 things I’ve learnt from my time in Italy so far:
- Wine for breakfast is perfectly acceptable. I’m well on my way to coming back an alcoholic.
- It is possible to have too many carbs – I am beatable when it comes to the amount of pizza and pasta I can eat. (This point makes me quite sad.)
- You don’t have to pay to use the bus. I have been on multiple buses and have yet to buy a ticket or be caught.
- They reaaallly like their churches. I think I’ve been in all of them. They’re great but pretty similar…
- The tourists of Italy are annoying. (I think this may not be Italy specific.)
- The stereotypical hand gestures used when talking are a thing.
- If you’re under 25 and from the EU you can get a reduced ticket to museums and galleries!
- They really like pizza and pasta, which is difficult because of point 2.
- They suck at rugby (I have may have already known this but last Sunday rather proved the point).
- Whilst they have lots of them, zebra crossings mean nothing to Italians and they will just drive at you until you move.
[Whilst on my way to Florence, I also learnt that the Italians call Florence, Firenze. It took me way too long to work out why there weren’t any trains to Florence.]
I find the travelling days the most stressful. I think it’s either because it tires me out too much or because my bag is too heavy, or because I have to work out where everything is again even though I already did that two days ago! Arriving in Florence was no exception and this wasn’t helped by the poor Hostel signage (nothing to do my poor looking skills). Once I did eventually find the entrance I realised just how great the location was so that cheered me up. I also found Mercato Centrale, an indoor food market, so that also lifted my mood as well.
Once settled, I tried really hard to find food that wasn’t either pizza or pasta. I also decided to give up sugar for lent so I was on the lookout for fruit stalls and places that sold salad. I’m not sure I’m going to last the entirety of lent (mainly because next week I’m going on a patisserie course so sugar is definitely going to be on the menu) but I’m going to try as best I can.
I visited all the galleries and churches that I was supposed to in Florence. I saw Michelangelo’s David, I went up the Duomo and I saw the Botticelli in the Uffizi but I think I may have overdone the site seeing as all the art and the churches and statues started to merge into one.
Here are some pictures:
Where I stayed: Academy Hostel – difficult to find but great location and lovely staff.
Currently reading: Gloria Steinem’s My life on the road – it’s making me rethink the kind of life I’m living and that maybe travelling is ultimately good for you.