Can anyone tell me why had I never been to Florence before? I went there for the first time this summer and was stunned by how beautiful the place is. Yes it is very touristy and yes we have all seen pictures of it before, but it’s truly an amazing city, with history and beauty mixing everywhere you look. It is easy to get away from the well trodden path and to find quiet spots. It was actually an effort to get there from La Spezia, first a train to Pisa, and then another one to Florence, and if you know Italian trains, you will understand what I mean, but it was well worth the effort. I’ll be happy to go back as soon as I can. Coming with me?