Golden buildings, elegant arches, naked statues, stark winter branches against bright blue skies, museums, and lots of gelato: we took a chance and decided to spend a long weekend in Florence. It felt risky because the weather forecast called for rain and I dreaded leaving the Sicilian sun for a cold, dreary, and wet weekend. I am glad we took the chance. We only had one rainy day and even that wet day turned out to be a good one.We never waited in any lines. We got super cheap airline tickets and had our pick of apartment rentals at low season rates (we loved Casa Caterina). The only tour groups we encountered were friendly Japanese tourists. In fact, I think I spoke more Japanese than Italian all weekend which was kind of surreal. We slept late, we wandered, we ate well, and then we came home. It turns out that February in Florence can be quite fun.