I need to start out this post by saying that I 100% intend on returning to Florence some day in the future. There's something intoxicating about this city. I don't know exactly what it is... the food is outstanding, the gelato is delicious, and the city is old and enchanting. Today we went to to the two big things to do here-- the Duomo and the Uffizi.
We hiked up over 400 stairs to get to the top of the Duomo! The view is amazing-- you can see the entire city of Florence, the Tuscan countryside, and various neighbouring towns. We decided not to climb the bell tower, which is pictured above. We were inside the Duomo very briefly because apparently my shoulders were not covered enough to be let back in. Ugh, whatever.
Then we stood in queue for the Uffizi for over an hour. The Uffizi is a museum that is definitely an acquired taste, though I think everyone should go there if possible. There are a TON of paintings of Jesus as a baby, on the cross, and getting taken down from the cross. If you're not a religious art person, it could probably get stale really quickly. But if you have any sense of appreciation for how significant the works there are, it's an amazing experience. It has sort of been a bucket list item for me since I was a child.