As the weather starts to warm up, the semester is now rolling speedily along, plans are being put in place, cogs on the wheel are turning, and it's full speed ahead for the next few months. I'm starting to feel excessively guilty whenever I take a break -- why am I lazing around when I could be out seeing the Uffizi or wandering the city or planning my next weekend trip? But that's the nice thing about Florence, and Italy in general: taking a break doesn't have to compromise experience. The city is full of spots that cater to leisure, especially its many gardens. NYU actually owns a huge property in the hills above Florence, complete with a maze of gardens behind Villa La Pietra, the main house of the family that bestowed the land to the university. These gardens have lovely fountains and benches, a collection of historic marble statues, and even a lemon house where lemons are grown. Harder to feel guilty when leisure time is spent in a setting like this one.
(I wore a black Zara ruffle-sleeve top, butterfly pattern Alice + Olivia A-line skirt, Louise et Cie black leather booties, Hermes black and gold bracelet, Dior gold and silver front-and-back earrings, and a Aaron Basha evil eye necklace.)
Photo credit: Cristina Turcanu
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