Today, we leave Florence, promising to return to our forever city. This city, so packed with history, museums, art, and inspiration, has made a large impact on our hearts. From the villas of Tuscany to the galleries and basilicas, he could not have picked a more perfect location.
This morning we planned to get up and go watch the sun rise on Piazza Michaelangelo, but come 5:30am I was less than inclined to peel back the covers. Little did I know that I have been consistently thwarting his plans to propose for about a week now. Refusing to get up was the last straw. We had packed the night before so all that was left was to say goodbye to our little oasis and head to the train station. Even though I felt like we might be late, Michael insisted that we stop for a final coffee at our favorite place around the corner from our AirBnB. As we gathered our things, ready to set off on our next adventure, Michael insisted we take a few more photos of the church I have been so enthralled with throughout our trip. Of course I didn’t understand why, I had already taken 500 photos of that same view, but I let him drag me up the steps anyway. Standing out on the front steps of the Basilica di Santa Croce, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. (Spoiler: I said yes!) Carrying around this box with him, airport to airport, without giving himself away is a feat. It does explain why he has been so concerned with pickpockets! Alas, we had to leave. We had only one hour until our train was scheduled to leave; we had to find the car, find the return lot, and make our way to the train platform. With a new sparkle in my eye and some pep in my step, we set off for Naples.
Florence had already been crowned my favorite city, but now it has an unfair advantage. I cannot wait to return, but I am even more excited to start this new chapter in our lives! Ciao, Firenze. Until next time.Ti Amo! 💕