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Seeing the World: Florence, Italy

 

After three amazing days in Rome, we rented a car and drove north.  We’d decided to spend an entire day on the weaving roads of Tuscany, stopping in small towns, drinking local wine and walking the tiny streets.  Literally, the tiniest streets I’d ever seen.  I half expected the townspeople to start singing something from Beauty & the Beast… straight out of a Disney movie!

Florence is quaint, it’s charming, it’s home to some of the most amazing art in the world.  You turn a corner at the Accademia and there is The David, enormous, towering and absolutely impeccable, just staring you down a long hallway.  The Uffizi is small and full of gorgeous. If it is at all possible, I think the food got better the farther north we traveled.  Such good food, and nestled in the middle of Tuscany, some of the most amazing wines.  Florence is the kind of place where you get lost trying to find a restaurant, so you walk into something that looks like it could be good, and you have the most amazing meal of your life.  Happened to us to Trattoria Il Bargello… pasta with roasted eggplant and an incredible cannoli.  Heaven.

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Florence Recommendations

Hotel – Hotel Morandi Alla Crocetta I liked this hotel, but it was the only one we stayed at that I wouldn’t highly recommend.  Only because it was a bit far from the center of everything.  It’s in an old monastery, and our room was pretty large by even American standards.  There was a little couch and hallway that was perfect for holding our suitcases and clothes.  And the walls were covered in a gorgeous old painting.  I’m not sure if it was original or painted to replicate original, but it was fun!

Food – everything in Florence is incredible.  Crazy incredible!  I didn’t do quite as much research for Florence as we’d done for Rome, and I regretted it as there were quite a few places that were so packed we couldn’t get a table without a reservation.  If you’re going, definitely try to snag a reservation at Trattoria Sostanza/Il Troia.  It opened in 1869 and seems to be an institution in Florence!

Trattoria Il Bargello di Maria Ermini – one of the best meals we had in Florence, and we walked in out of despair and starvation after not finding the spot we were looking for.  Delicious!

Buzzino – We stopped in here to get out of the cold for lunch.  The mushroom side dish was absolutely incredible!

Car – We used Auto Europe to book the car.  It’s an American company that sets up the car for you with an Italian company.  Was super easy to use and I fully trusted them.

 

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