Friday, 22 July 2016

frolicking round florence

Florence, or Firenze for you italian babes, is a city of undeniable beauty, and one which I have been dying to visit for aaaaaages. Mainly because of the gorgeous art, culture and architecture, and the food. Ravioli and Esme go together like two peas in a pod. I recently visited and have come back full to the brim of inspiration and love; it is almost hard to believe that so much art and beauty can be packed into a city. I visited the Uffizi Gallery, which houses some of the most famous paintings in the world. Think Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Botticelli and Raphael, and thoooooouuuuuuusands more Renaissance art icons (the teenage mutant ninja turtle crew). I was so excited to see The Birth of Venus in person, with all the cultural buzz it has inspired, constantly referenced in modern day art and music. That, along with the equally famous Primavera are two magnificent paintings which absolutely deserve the fame they have acquired. The delicacy of the detailing in them is exquisite.

(note: sorry sorry sorry but blogger has gone insane on me and decided to randomly change the colour and size of my font in various parts of this post, which is why half of this is written in dull grey. plz accept my apologies and ignore it. my coding skills do not live up to such arduous situations ;) <3 )
dress details in "Primavera" - reminiscent of Valentino's A/W '15 collection???? so pretty :')

And, of course, a trip to the Duomo, Florence's cathedral was due. Made with the most glorious marble, it's basically a vast miracle of its time. Rad, beautiful, stunning, and very very old. I shuffled around the base of the cathedral, gawping at the sheer size of the thing. A kind of incredible experience. Not to mention that the whole thing is delightfully 'grammable. I had to kick myself to get off of my phone... It's incredible in photos but indescribable in real life.

And then a quick trip round an Italian market, some gelato at Vivilles' (RUNNN to Vivilles if you're in Florence. the best damn raspberry ice cream. my heart, and the gelato, melted.) and a novel opportunity for some out of focus outfit shots. My tshirt dress is just your average roll-out-of-bed-omg-its-boiling-shove-on-a-dress dress, from the summer simples queens Brandy Melville - literally my whole wardrobe. It's drained my bank account but I sure do have some cute summer tops.

The last thing that I've managed to salvage from my camera's recent photos (which are generally blurry and a bit dodge, or out of focus... huh. sorry.) is our trip to the Palazzo Pitti, or the Pitti Palace. I have never seen so much gilding in my whole entire life. Renaissance splendour at its most recognisable, its full to bursting with glorious original frescos and beautiful ceiling art. Stunning and equally photogenic.


We did a lot of other beautiful things in Florence (a trip to Santa Croche, and of course Grom gelataria, Ponte Veccheio, Boboli Gardens, etc.) but I'm afraid my photography skills didn't do such incredible places justice. It was one of those cities which instantly makes you feel at ease. Although its very very touristy, Florence is a city I am sure I'll find myself in again. The art and culture and genuine beauty in Florence is everywhere; the food, the streets, the museums, it's not hard to see why it has such a wonderful reputation. Visit if you ever get the chance! <333

Have you ever been to Florence? Did you like it? Give me all the info ;)

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Esme xx

P.S - v sorry for the mini hiatus. BUT ITS SUMMER AND IM BACK. ALL IS GOOD.


  1. Omg Esme I'm so glad you're back!!! I loved this post as per and the art looks absolutely stunning! I'm going to Florence in October for a day (it's a school trip and we're visiting other places as well so that's why it's so short) and I cannot wait! Love the dress by the way, stripes are a way to my heart (and gelato of course ;) ) x

  2. I loved this post! And lovely picture
    Amy xx,

  3. Thank you for the lovely comment on my last post! <3
    I adore Florence, and dont worry about your photography skills - you've captured the pontevecchio far better than I could! I went last summer and am about to go again in 2 weeks and am beyond excited, I agree as a city you feel instantly at ease and welcome.
    Also in love with your brandy Melville dress, I feel you in terms of the bank account, its so pretty and worth it but boy is it pricey.

  4. I've only been to Florence once but I loved it! I actually bought my favourite wallet I've ever owned from there, it was super expensive but I regret nothing because I literally used that wallet non-stop for like 7 years.

  5. Such an incredibly beautiful city I'd love to visit! All these wonderful photos you posted make me crave even more for a trip to beautiful Firenze!
    XO IMKE | Pastellics

  6. All these photos are so beautiful! -a beautiful post too!
    H xx

  7. Oh I hope you had an incredible time in Florence, it is such a beautiful place full of history and culture. The cathedral is perfect, the art is...well, perfection <3

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  8. love these photos, i really want to go one day!

    danielle | avec danielle

  9. One of my favourite cities! So jealous

    Ruby x


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