Even though we were staying in Florence, we spent three days traveling outside the city to the surrounding Tuscany area. The first place we visited was the picturesque San Gimignano. Because this is a real medieval town, you entered through a gate and then walked up a narrow street (seen above). This town was particularly memorable for two reasons. The first is because it reminded me very much of the scene in Twilight where Bella is running though that Italian town to save Edward from exposing himself in the sunlight. The second is because we spent an hour going through not one but two torture museums. I will refrain from posting any of the pictures of the museum. You’re welcome.
The Tuscany landscape is as stunningly beautiful as I imagined it. I swear you could not take a bad photograph because there was just so much gorgeousness. The lush trees, the blooming flowers, and the rows and rows of silver sparkling olive trees were almost too much to bear. Though oddly, it reminded me of a combination of home- Los Angeles, and Austin, Texas. I spend a lot of time in Austin, and the humidity and heat of Italy was very similar, as were the cicadas humming in the trees. I swear if I closed my eyes I could be walking along the river in Texas, not in the Tuscan hills.
Another Gothic town we visited was Siena. This was a personal favorite because I thought the black striped cathedral was very chic, and because my sister and I managed to get lost while wandering through the streets. We were late meeting back at the car because we had gone so far astray. But the memories of running through the streets, asking strangers for directions, and laughing at our total lack of time management was worth it.
|A fountain in the main square where they used to let horses get a sip of water.|
|Getting around the tiny streets is best on a pink Vespa.|
Here is a great example of what I wore during the day. I knew it was going to be hot, hot, hot, so I didn’t bring much vintage. I didn’t want to get sweat stains on everything. But this blouse from Mod Cloth (direct link to shirt) was cute and comfortable. I paired it with a jersey circle skirt from J.Crew and an Anthropologie belt.
This is an example of what I wore out at night. Though I was completely overdressed, I figured Italy needed a bit of The Glamorous Housewife to spice things up. This Eva Franco (my newest favorite designer) from Modcloth (direct link to dress) was remarked upon a few times by tourists as I waited for a cab. The shoes are old Betsy Johnson, the necklace was a gift from my sister-in-law, and the rose was one I made using this tutorial. Oh, and the hair tutorial for this style can be seen here.