France & Italy With Trafalgar Tours: Day 6 (Part 1)

January 5, 2012

The final day of our extraordinary European trip with Trafalgar Tours had unfortunately arrived.  Thankfully, the day was packed full of more unforgettable experiences in three magnificent parts of Italy: Tuscany, Florence, and Rome.  Before our last Be My Guest experience, we made a quick stop at Piazzale Michelangelo — arguably the best place for a panoramic view of Florence that promises to take your breath away.

Florence, Italy

If you are not fortunate enough to visit The Academy to see David, do not worry because the famous square, which is dedicated to the prolific Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo himself, has an impressive replica of him.

As well as a replica of the four allegories found in the Medici Chapel of San Lorenzo.  While the originals are made of white marble, the copies are made of bronze.

In front of me was one of the best view’s the world has to offer, however my eyes were drawn to something else.  Since it was 11/11/11, seven couples from China had decided to celebrate the auspicious day by getting married in Piazzale Michelangelo.  Our timing was perfect, as we arrived just as two weddings were taking place.

Having been recently married myself, I could not help but get emotional watching these young couples in love commit the rest of their lives together with such a romantic backdrop.

As we were leaving the square I happened to spot one of the wedding present’s.

My Italian Travel Director Marco whispered in my ear, “In Italy, the couple that drives a Lamborghini together, stays together.”  Maybe I should have had my wedding in Italy and not Argentina?

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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74 thoughts on “France & Italy With Trafalgar Tours: Day 6 (Part 1)

  1. Dayna

    Ohhh it is all so lovely! I haven’t been to Florence in a few years, but I still remember how inviting that Duomo is. So incredible that you were able to witness the wedding!

  2. Jennifer Shivers

    I absolutely love Piazzale Michelangelo! I watched quite a few sunsets up there when I was in Florence. If that is the wedding present I can expect if I get married in Italy, perhaps I should drag that Chilean of mine over there for our nuptials. 🙂

    I miss you dearly little lady. I would also like to point out that I am no longer a creepy lurker on your blog! Love you! xo

    1. Andi Perullo Post author


      Nooooooo way!

      You delurked!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so happy that you left your 1st comment. And yes, I think you should totally drag your Chilean over to Italy for the wedding. Just in case…

      Love and miss you so so so much too! XO

  3. Laura

    Not what I expected opening this post – how cool that you were there to see all those festive weddings! I love little travel surprises like that. Great photos. Who gets a Lambo for a wedding gift??!

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I live for travel surprises like that, seriously!!! Thanks so much for your kind words. Isn’t that Lambo incredible??? Can you imagine how much it cost to ship back to China?

  4. Laura

    Florence is so beautiful, I’ve really got to get back there one of these days! And I think seeing the weddings would have made me a little weepy as well, so pretty! 🙂

  5. Ali

    I love Italy & I really want to get back to Florence since the last time I was there was in 1999. Looks like you had a great time & so cool about all the weddings!

  6. Kyle

    LOL, I love that Italian saying, that’s hilarious!

    And the pic of the statue is so gorgeous! Your eye just keeps getting better and better…

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I actually thought of you when he told me that! And thank you from the bottom of my heart for your encouragement. I literally got butterflies in my stomach when I read your comment!

  7. Erika [small shop]

    Love this post! I have been to Florence and was lucky to stay in a room with a balcony overlooking the Basilica (on our honeymoon). I did get to see the “real” David but I think we missed the square!? Love the Lamborghini saying – you betcha!

  8. Elisa

    I am afraid Marco must have been kidding, that isn’t really an Italian tradition/belief, though I am sure Lamborghini would benefit from it… and we’d all have more fun 😉

    Your visit to Italy sounds absolutely AMAZING. I am taking notes for when I finally hit Florence myself 🙂

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      He was totally kidding!!! Total jokester. I’m Italian and I certainly didn’t get a Lambo as my wedding present haha. My trip was incredible — how exciting that you’ll be visiting Florence in the future! 🙂

  9. Fidel @IHarTravel

    The wedding couple should have gotten your email address. If I were them, I’d love to have the photographs you took. Great eye for detail and beauty, Andi.

    And gasp, a Lambo as a wedding present. I need to marry a Chinese entrepreneur. LOL

    Of all the world I have seen, not much can compare to the postcard view of Florence from Piazza Michelangelo.

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I took SO many awesome shots of several of the couples. I wish with all of my heart that I could send the pics to them!!! Thanks a million for your sweet words, I’m so touched! And can you believe the couple got a Lambo for their wedding gift??? Agree, the view of Florence from Piazza Michelangelo is pretty much unbeatable.

  10. Ceri

    *sigh* So romantic. <3 How beautiful.

    And a Lamborghini as a wedding present? Maybe I should go to Italy next and find a nice Italian man. 😉


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