After our last day in Rome, we took the evening train to Florence (the fast train takes about an hour and 15 minutes). Since we got to town at dark and we dinner close to our b&b rather than the central part of Florence, I didn't get to see how amazing it was until Monday.
After the Duomo we shopped the San Lorenzo markets. I wished I had taken a picture because the stalls are so bright and jam packed with scarves, clothes, leather goods, Statue of David boxers, hats, etc. Here are some photos from other visitors.
I picked up some scarves in one of the market stalls (its amazing how much attention two fair haired ladies with shopping on their mind get), but my favorite shop was on a side street between the Duomo and the market. Borgo is owned by an American woman originally born in Iowa. She's lived in Florence with her native husband for more than 30 years. She was so helpful and her shop had wonderful wines, vinegars and olive oils. I purchased olive oil that had been pressed within the week and balsamic vinegar that we are hoarding here at home.
Mi amore Firenze!