Florence, what a city! Italy as a whole was a fantastic country to visit, especially in summer. The lines themselves were not too bad, I only waited for about 1hr in line for the Uffizi museum, a stunning gallery with a lot of work.
Piazzale Michelangelo provides scenery all across the city and the hills. It’s a bit of the trek to the top but the views are definitely worth it. Palazzo Pitti is also a worthwhile visit, it’s huge and provides glorious views over the city. It also houses the Boboli Gardens.
Also decided on a whim to see Editors headline the Italia Wave Love Festival in Livorno (not far from Florence) – about 1hr by train. It was a great show, complimented by a solid 1.5hr set. Don’t have any pictures unfortunately as I didn’t take my SLR (that was left back at the hostel). But here are a few from Livorno (sorry for the poor quality!):
The day of the festival I was in the region and decided to make a half day stop over at Pisa just to check out the sights. Here are a few snaps:
The Tuscan region in Italy is a truly stunning region to visit. Pisa only requires half a day, a day at most. Florence a good 2-3 days and Livorno is also worth dropping by. I only wished I had stayed longer to enjoy the coast and soak up the sun and beaches.