It’s been another early morning for us, departing from London Gatwick at 06:00 am. To make our logistics a little bit easier we decided to stay at the BLOC Hotel in Gatwick’s South Terminal. We arrived in Nice (south coast of France) at 09:00 am, got our car and drove to Florence.

Florence is situated northwest from the Italian capital (Rome) and sometimes described as the ‘highlight of the trip’ when people visit Europe. This bustling Mediterranean city is loaded with delicious Italian food and thousands of years of recorded history. When we think of Florence, we think of poets like Dante and artists like Michelangelo, but this is also the city where Leonardo da Vinci learnt how to paint.

This city’s history dates back to 59 B.C when Julius Caesar’s former soldiers settled along the Arno River. More than 1400 years after the first Roman settlement, the church ruled Florence and today it’s one of the most cultural cities in Europe. It is one of those cities where you constantly find yourself pointing your iPhone at yet another magnificent building.

It is one of those cities where you constantly find yourself pointing your iPhone at yet another magnificent building. Here are some pics of the day:

Tonight we are sleeping on a wine estate in Tuscany, somewhere between Florence and Pisa. Even though the wine doesn’t quite match up with South African wines, the view and the company made it worth it.