Florence is nothing if not overwhelming! Bustling, busy, frenetic. Great to see all the tourist things (museums, churches, art, statues) and Ponte Vecchio. Love the narrow, winding, cobblestoned streets. Just remember to breathe — and watch your moneybag and cellphone. Gypsy kids and women are WILY. Great place to get not so much a TASTE of Italy, but definitely a TEASE! Guess we have to come back!
Insider Tip:Keep your HAND on your moneybag, or keep it INSIDE your shirt. Who cares what you look like! Gypsy pickpockets got us, and we thought we were being careful. Give yourself some personal space, which can be difficult in the crowded streets. BE AWARE. Go to Boboli Gardens to unwind, escape. Smile, smile, smile! The Italians are helpful and friendly!!!