Piazzale Michelangelo

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piazzamichelangelo1-1416The Piazzale Michelangelo is famous mainly for the panoramic view of Florence that it provides.  It also includes a replica of Michelangelo’s David statue, constructed of bronze, rather than Marble.
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Not sure if it was the black mold in the room or something, but I woke up without a voice after sleeping in the hostel..  We’ll see if I’m still alive in a week or so – then we’ll reevaluate.

After getting up, we met up with Andrew’s girlfriend so we could grab some late breakfast/lunch.  We went to a place called Gusta Pizza and had probably the best pizza I’ve had in my life.  It was a Neapolitan style pizza with fresh mozzarella, spicy salami, and fresh tomato – unbelievable.

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Since I had forgotten my camera at Piazzale Michelangelo, we headed back up there to check out the view again.  Still as amazing as it was the day before.

stairs-1401Ders and Olivia Walking Up to Piazzale Michelangelo

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A few of the guys got some more gelato, and we headed to the Duomo to try and climb to the top of the dome.  Unfortunately it was closed, so we climbed up the Campanile (which was a bell tower right next to, but not attached to the Duomo).  It was probably a story or two shorter, but still amazing.  Being directly in the middle of Florence above everything was crazy.  414 steps through a winding staircase also helped me feel a little better after eating a pizza.

stairway-1435 Tight Stairwell of the Campanile

After hanging around the city for a few more hours, it was another fast train back to Rome.  Great first trip out of Rome to say the least.

On a side note, check out my roommate’s (Sam Olson’s) photo blog at http://iwhereflipflops.tumblr.com  .  He’s been taking some great photos of all of us.  I need to step up my game.

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