Last weekend, I took a few day trips throughout Italy. Friday after class, Maddie and I went to Prato, a neighboring city of Florence. We took a very short train ride and walked around the city a little bit. It is more modern looking than Florence. Prato is known for its textile production, so we visited the textile museum, which was really interesting. We walked around some more and got biscotti, which Prato is also known for. Back to Florence we went. It was a nice little half day trip with no agenda.
Saturday, we went to the medieval town of Arezzo. It was a beautiful day! First, we went to the archaeological museum, which also had some ruins. We got so many discounts because of our age and the fact we were art students, the combined ticket that was 12€ was only 2€ for us!! The ticket included the museum, the Basilica of San Francesco, and Casa Vasari.
We walked through the city to the Basilica, which is famous for its frescos.
We got lunch in the Piazza Grande and went to the Palazzo della Fraternita dei Laici, a fraternity that did a lot of work and had a lot of art in the city.
We also got to climb the Campanile, or bell tower, for a view of the city.
We then went up to the park, which had a gorgeous view of the surrounding countryside.
We also went to Casa Vasari, the house of a famous artist. Every room was decorated in the most magnificent frescos. We walked around the city some more, as dusk was lighting up the buildings in the most beautiful way.
We then went into the Medieval Museum, which was free! It had lots of art, artifacts, and furniture.
We headed to the train station and bid farewell to Arezzo.
Sunday, we went to Bologna. We could not find a tourist office anywhere, so we had to figure out what to do ourselves. It was a nice surprise to find another chocolate festival going on in the main piazza! That’ll make two for me! I got some hot chocolate and two pieces of a soft kind of dark chocolate.
Bologna has the anatomical theater of Archiginnasio, where students would watch dissections of entire cadavers take place. I really wanted to visit it, but by the time we found it, it was already closed. We spent our time enjoying the architecture of the city and shopping instead.
We visited St. Peter’s Cathedral, which had a bell tower inside of a bell tower.
We then went shopping! I bought a scarf for 6 €. On the way back to the train station, Maddie and I shared some roasted chestnuts. They are sold all over Italy on the streets, and they always smell so good. I’d been wanting to try them, and they turned out to be delicious!
We then took the train back to Florence. It was a relaxing weekend!