We welcomed the sunny skies on this trip until we realized our photography suffered from the glare and shadows. Bring on the clouds, the darkening skies, and even a little mist! All would be welcome.
After too many days straight of sun, sun, sun, our luck came with a good forecast: RAIN. We raced out the door.
We headed for Piazzale Michelangelo up Via dell Monte alli Croce. Partway up the hill, we saw open gates to a Rose Garden with a note: free entrance. We walked in. (By now you may have guessed that we look for opportunities on the way to anywhere we’re going.)
We discovered the threat of rain or a little sprinkle often drives tourists inside. When we walked back to the heart of Florence, the crowds had thinned out.
The moral of the story is that rain is not good just for farmers. Seize the opportunity to take some of your best photos in the mist. While many tourists in Florence that day were sure the rain had ruined their plans, we found it to be a most delightful and productive day.