It takes a special city to break mama into tears upon arrival. “I feel like Michelangelo and Leonardo are standing beside me,” she repeated time after time. While I never had quite that feeling myself, I have to say it was magical. The relatively small city of Florence was the hub of the Renaissance, and even today the art influenced culture lives on.
After four days, we took a day trip beyond the city walls to the Tuscan countryside. We visited the cities of San Gimignano, Siena, and Pisa.