Walking around the streets of the city can be really confusing. Even with a map, I felt completely lost most of the time. It was fine however since there was something to see around every corner, and I eventually would always find my way back to a familiar street. In fact, I am completely changing my views on being lost versus not knowing where you are. Being lost is a troubling, frantic situation and feeling, and in all my wanderings I have almost never felt out of control. Not knowing where you are is a more comforting and definitely more exciting state. I can wander around a city like Florence or through the woods, or around an island, or anywhere really, for hours, never really knowing where I am and feel more like I'm on some kind of adventure, rather then lost. Below are some pictures of some of my favorite buildings and sights around the city.
I also didn't mind losing myself for the day while in Florence because I had a really weird roommate at Plus Hostel Florence, and I was never in a rush to get back. Literally, I never want to spend much time there, I would wake just about every day at 7AM and try not to return until after 11PM, when I would just shower and go straight to bed. This guy was from Florence and was living at the hostel because he got in a fight with his parents or something. He never left the room, and when he wasn't hitting on me in really creepy ways, he was sleeping nearly naked in the strangest sprawled out positions that left little to the imagination. On the 2nd to last day when he stood in is underwear, scratching his ass for like 10 minutes, staring at me while I packed I totally snapped. Aside from him, another roommate, who only stayed a few nights brought a girl back to dorm one night, which was really uncomfortable when I left the room, grabbing my book and telling him to let me know when they were finished (I guess I'm not the type to pretend I'm asleep). By the end of my 8 days needless to say I was happy to get out of there.
The rest of my time in Florence was actually spent taking day trips to other small town around Tuscany and some of the surrounding regions. It was pretty easy as each place was no more than a couple of hours by train. I was able to visit Lucca, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Venice, Verona, and Cinque Terre. I will follow up with those stories in separate posts, so stay tuned.