Florence, was everything I envisioned and more, the streets bustled with both locals and tourists. Walking through the historical and uneven pavements made things more surreal and mesmerizing. Florence is a city of romance, food exploration and I even tried a few new dishes. I also took as many pictures as possible to keep the moments alive for years to come.
Along with trying to capture the essence and things I learned in Italy, I broke-down this posts in two sections; Getting To and Around Florence and Food to give an ode to those days spent in Italy.
Getting To and Around Florence
We took the train into the city and lets just say I love taking trains, its less of a headache and so easy to get to Florence from the airport. You can either transfer between two trains for a cheaper price or choose the high speed train that will cost a bit more but you’ll get there on time; we ended up going with the high speed train. Once we got to Florence, we literally walked everywhere, because Florence is small enough to do that. There are taxis, so you can always take one but there is no Uber/Lyft so make sure you’re comfy on public transportation or have a rental car.
I must tell you the cars are so tiny, they’re almost huggable (lol), super cute.
The center of downtown had a mix of old and new, with new-day shops and the historic, “Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore” that was undergoing some restorations yet we were able to see it. I know for me, it’s a surreal feeling, finding all the history embedded within everyday living. Part of me wonders if the locals enjoy the history as much as I do or if it’s become part of everyday life where they no longer notice it?
And as you know I’m huge on food, and I was interested in finding local eats, so let me tell you about some of the things I ate in Florence.
- Raw Shrimp Scampi
- Pasta, which was amazing!!
- Cheese, I couldn’t leave without trying it and the Manchego was the best ever.
- A little cured meats, to go with the cheese
- Cappucinos, my new fave
Some of take-aways from eating in Florence was that the pasta is al dente in any dish. Yet the food was delicious and I could never say no to a cappuccino, it’s a must.
One of the bests restaurants we enjoyed was on our last night, had the best service and it was simply lovely. You must try it if you plan a trip there, it’s called 4 Leoni. Oh and this little brunch place called Ditta Artigianale is amazing too, check out what I had for brunch on our last day.
Lastly I must say that our experience in Florence including our airbnb stay was exceptionally hands-down amazing, fun and peaceful all at the same time. Most importantly I fell in love with the wine there! I’m not a huge wine drinker so the best way to describe it, is that its smooth and it didn’t have that alcohol after taste. Excuse my ignorance on wines, but if you know what I mean, please tell me the proper terminology in the comments below.
Overall, this little city is definitely in my bucket to come back to. It gave me all the feels that I haven’t found in any US city by far.