Facing my Fears in Florence: Not your usual city travel guide.


As I sat down to write this post about our recent weekend in Florence I admit I was completely stumped. I didn’t have 7-must-have-experiences or a killer to-do list to to write about, just a handful of pretty photographs forcing me to truly reflect on what Florence meant to me. As the title suggests, this is not your usual city travel guide.

When I think about the defining factor of my time here, strangely enough I think about fear. I know, not really a selling point for a city, but keep reading as I share how facing my fears in Florence made for an unbeatable trip.

After a 3 hour semi-air-conditioned multi-train journey from Cinque Terre to Florence we checked into Glance Hotel on a scorching 38ºC afternoon. We made a beeline for the rooftop pool and have never been so grateful for cool chlorinated water!

After a short amount of time had passed it dawned on me that we were behind schedule because of this poolside indulgence. It’s funny how the fear of missing out rears its ugly head. My itinerary had strictly designated 10 minutes to check in, drop the bags in the room and then it was go time, after all we had less than 36 hours in the city!

I was afraid.

Afraid of missing out.

But you know what? Chris and I decided to throw out the itinerary and stay at the pool until sunset. We were tired from a fast-paced start to the trip and it was bloody hot!

This then seemed to be the theme of the trip. A theme of choosing to deny the fear of missing out. The next day the Duomo was booked out so we couldn’t go inside, Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens were closed because it was a Monday and we trekked to a dinner recommendation to find the owners on holidays.

We were given a series of moments where we had to choose to slow down and enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and we were so grateful.

We strolled its golden streets.

We drank unbelievable coffee.

We ate big breakfasts.


Florentine steak.


We made a spontaneous stop for antipasto and wine in a hole-in-the-wall deli.

We watched two breathtakingly beautiful sunsets.

We relaxed in our rooftop pool.

Two more times.

Don’t just take my word for it though. See below!


Florence is a truly beautiful city and we are so glad we made the decision to not allow the fear of missing out to dictate our trip, that we were able to slow down and absorb a heck of a lot of treasured moments.

A huge thank you to Glance Hotel for hosting us for two nights. You all need that rooftop pool if you’re travelling to Florence. Trust me!


C + P


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