First Impressions Of Our New Home: Florence, Italy

It feels like a long time since I've sat down to write a blog post, so hello! I'm happy to be writing you from our new home in sunny Florence, Italy! Today I wanted to fill you in on our move and share a couple of first impressions now that we've been here for about 10 days. I wrote a similar post when we moved to Vilnius, so I thought it'd be fun to continue the tradition since it is always fun to look back.

View of Firenze over the Arno River.

  • It is shockingly difficult for foreigners to set up anything (even travelers) without a bank account and fiscal code. I'm even talking about simply getting a pay as you go or one-off sim card -- impossible!
  • The grocery stores and fresh foods are marvelous, the mom and pop shops are super friendly, and the playgrounds are spot on.
  • People are incredibly friendly, but we are really going to need to learn Italian ASAP so we can talk more! We were very spoiled in Vilnius with everyone speaking to us in English. If you have any language learning apps (especially free ones), I'd love to hear them in the comments below.
  • The Duomo is even more beautiful than any photo online could ever show!
Side view of the Duomo in Florence, Italy
  • We've already tested out several gelaterias and I may have already found my favorite.
  • Overall, I'm really excited to be in Florence and can't wait to share more about our new home, living here as a young family, and to share more about the move and settling in. I have some exciting projects and ideas in the works so I hope you'll stick around to see what's up.
  • There is so much diversity in Florence. We even saw a dragon boat race going on along the Arno the other day!

In other news, my sister is here visiting us right now and it has been really fun to get out into the city with her to see all of the famous sights--otherwise I think we'd be hiding from the heat inside the nearest gelateria! Thanks, Kristina for getting us out to explore more of the city!

If you have any questions about our move or about Florence, feel free to shoot me an email (, leave a comment, or message me on Facebook. I'm happy to help!

I'm linking up with Wander Mum for City Tripping #85.