Italy | Part 2: Florence
Florence is my favorite city in Italy!! The cobblestone streets, charming little alleyways, beautiful buildings and delicious food are the epitome of why Italy is such a special place. It's even better when yo get to experience the beauty of Florence with friends which is exactly what we got to do a couple weeks ago!
We caught the train from Tuscany to Florence, arriving in Florence at the perfect time of day...lunch. Some people go to Europe to see the museums, the beautiful cathedrals and jaw dropping architecture, not us! We go to Europe for the food! Florence has some of the best food in Italy so we weren't about to waste any time once we got there.
After lunch at an outdoor cafe we strolled over to the main indoor market. We'd been told it had just been renovated so we were curious, maybe there would be food there! lol We were all surprised when we walked upstairs and the market looked a lot like Mario Batali's Eataly in New York City. Granted we were all in a food coma from our 7 course lunch, so it took us a while to notice the signs that said Eataly Florence. People were walking by with some of the most delicious plates I've ever seen and if I didn't think I would have exploded a la Veruca Salt I would have walked right up to one of the counters and ordered round two! Instead I settled for a couple scoops of gelato, some of the best I've ever had!!
We spent the rest of the day wandering the streets of Florence, the weather had predicted rain but we lucked out and experienced nothing but sunny skies. We strolled to and crossed over the Ponte Vecchio into the less tourist-y part of Florence, exploring the side streets. It wasn't before long that we realized we hadn't eaten in a little over an hour so we started looking for a place to grab a snack (or a second 7 course meal, same thing!).
Our last stop was the Pitti Palace and the surrounding garden that offered us an incredible view of the entire city. After taking in the view we started back to the train station, of course grabbing some gelato to sustain us on the two or so mile walk back.
As I settled into my seat on the train and felt the train pulling away from the station I felt satisfied that I had enjoyed and savored everything Florence had to offer! Ciao!
Next Travel Tuesday I'll be sharing our adventures in the Cinque Terre so stay tuned!
If you liked today's post you might also like my post on our time in Tuscany!