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Florence – Day 3

It was our last day in Florence since we decided to go to Pisa and Siena the next day. We had covered the most interesting things in the city, so it was a more relaxed day compared to the previous ones.

The first stop was the biggest cathedral of Florence Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Piazza Duomo. Building started in the 13th century, and completed in the 15th century. The facade began to be designed in the 14th century and completed in 1887. This cathedral has a gothic style, which is different from other Renaissance pieces. The word ‘gothic’ is described as wild and barbaric, and used by Giorgio Vasari in 1530’s. This style appeared in the late Renaissance and has had an effect on many architectural pieces.

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After the cathedral, we went to Mercato Centrale. It was a building around a bazaar with local food shops, just like a food court. It was open until 14:00, so we hurried up to taste local Italian food. We bought takeaway food in small plastic boxes, sat on the stairs just outside of the Mercato and enjoyed the delicious taste. The continuous tours for days apparently made us very tired. After the food we need to go home and have some rest. We only had Boboli garden left on our to-do list, which means that we had time.

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Boboli Garden is a part of Palazzo Pitti that we visited the day before. It is a huge garden that has many monuments from the 16th to 18th centuries. Cosimo I from the Medici family built this garden for his wife Eleonora. The garden is on a hill and the entrances from both sides of the part are connected at the top by small pathways.

We walked through these pathways and found ourselves on top of the hill with a great view. We enjoyed the view, laying down on the grass under the shade of a tree.

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Our dinner was two slices of pizzas that we bought from one of the small pizza shops in the town. We drank a small bottle of limoncello with the pizzas on the stairs of Ufizzi. It was the perfect dinner with history and a street performer who played great music with his guitar.

We had our last cappuccinos at a cafe that got my attention from the first day of Florence. Then we walked home on the streets that I knew I would miss so much when I remember all these memories later on.

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