Raheel and I loved the relaxing and slow paced feeling of Riomaggiore. However, after a couple days there we were ready for some hustle and bustle. The next stop on our trip was in Florence. It was a relatively short train ride from Riomaggiore to Florence. We arrived with plenty of daylight to spare and were able to walk from the train station to our bed and breakfast. I recommend that you always check out bed and breakfasts when going to another country. The prices were very reasonable, the rooms were beautiful, and all but one place included breakfast. Our room in Florence was by far our favorite and looked out onto the Duomo. Florence was beautiful and it was a close tie with Venice as our favorite city in Italy. We ended up edging Florence a little higher as the city was bigger and so there was more to do and see, and we loved walking along the cobble stone streets. Many of the streets in the central downtown area were pedestrian only and it was great just to walk around and people watch. Although we didn’t do any real shopping while we were there, Florence is definitely the place to go if you are looking to spend some extra dough. It was fun to just walk around the city, take in the sites, and EAT! We went to a couple different gelaterias and pizzerias to try some variety but ended up going back several times to the first place we visited that had both pizza and gelato. You can’t lose. Raheel and I went to a couple different museums and walked up the 463 steps of the Duomo to take in the amazing view of Florence. Being able to sleep in, eat breakfast at noon, and still take in the sites is our idea of a perfect vacation.