When in Florence, what to do?
There is so much to do and equally I could sit in Florence and do very little at all.
Daydream, people watch, gaze at the architecture, become colour obsessed, taste a thousand delectible bites and drink my fair share of light and fruity Prosecco.
We took a guide for a few hours the first day and on a quick trip to Florence, I would highly recommend it. I am not always a fan of structure on a holiday but in a city with such an abundance of beauty, history and culture, it is truly an advantage.
Simona had our attention from the moment we met. She was gorgeous from the first smile to our wave goodbye. My attention never wavered and the hours flew by, I wish we had spent longer with her.
There is so much to learn in Florence, the well known is really the merest dabble.
So, when in Florence, what would I do?
Walk, walk and walk some more and after that, there are the galleries, museums and churches. There are language courses, art courses and cooking courses but whether you are there for a day, a month or a year, there are a few sensations not to be missed.
Taste the cream filled croissants at Gilli, they are without doubt my favourites. Order, then eat and drink at the bar for a fraction of the price.
Savour the pear ravioli at Trattoria 4 Leoni, thank you Gigi and Poppy for the recommendation.
Prefer pesto, Trattoria Casalinga for a family run dose of Italian hospitality.
The sweets, chocolates and nougat from Migone. The visuals are enough if you are strong enough to avoid temptation.
Hot chocolate at Rivoire.
Try a truffle panini with a glass of Prosecco V8 Millesimato 2012.
Walk the Vassari corridor; pre-booking is essential and is by request and appointment only.
Compare the Fillipo Lippi madonna and child in the Uffizi and the Medici Palace. The two masterpieces are quite different. The madonna in the Medici has an intimacy with her child that is quite moving.
Rekindle a passion for chandeliers.
Don’t ever forget to look up.
Fall in love with sculpture all over again, especially in the inner courtyard of the Medici Palace.
Napoleon’s bathroom in the Pitti Palace, *sigh*
Search for hand marbleized paper at Signum and at Giannini, I’m not wrapping, I’m framing.
For fashion, there is the one and only Luisaviaroma concept store.
If this sounds all too tiring, the spa at the Four Seasons Firenze; *heavenly*
A few suggestions from me and please add to the list, we always need an excuse to be in Florence.
Over to you… xv
A Taste Of Florence
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Trattoria 4 Leoni