While I was editing more photos tonight, I decided to mix it up a bit and make this post solely about Florence because I have MORE than enough photos to share! The next installment will be Siena/Venice and the end of my trip. Okay, let’s get started!
The second leg of my Italian adventure included getting from Rome to Florence and testing my skills at reading European train station signs, something I haven’t done since 2000. The whole Rome Termini experience and getting on the correct train (and being in the correct seat) for Florence was a little dramatic, but it all worked out :) Leaving Rome was tough but I was ready to slow down on the all-day, force march tourist stuff and relax.
Well, that didn’t totally happen because once I was done sight seeing, I went in to full on eating mode.
Literally, I ate in Florence like I have never eaten before.
Here’s a sample of my daily eating schedule:
- Light breakfast (cappuccino and croissant)
- First lunch (sandwich or focacia)
- Second lunch (same as above – but from a different place)
- Mid-afternoon snack (gelato and/or red wine)
- Dinner (appetizer, pasta and optional dessert – plus red wine)
- Post-dinner treat/second dessert
Yep, that is literally how I ate almost every day for five days in Florence. Sure, I was still walking around a lot but not as much as Rome, so I got a little tired at times :) I blame the red wine on that.
There was great food in every place I visited but I definitely sampled the most in Florence.
Oh yeah, and in between eating, I also saw some gorgeous sites. Let’s take a closer look.
Yeah that view is so gorgeous, let’s get a closer look (without me in it!)
Yeah that’s pretty damn gorgeous
And then when I got back from the Piazzalo, I ran in to a random parade, literally.
The vibe between Florence and Rome was totally different. Rome is very fast pace, big city, lots to do and see and Florence is a bit more laid back. Things open later, it is smaller and honestly, more crowded with tourists. This isn’t a bad thing, but I found it harder to find those little off-the-beaten-path places I wanted.
But, similar to Rome, it was tough to say goodbye when I left. I found some amazing places to eat and saw some really beautiful things, but alas, it was time to move on.
Side note: Jersey Shore is filming their latest season in Florence right now, which has been VERY unpopular with the locals (even the American students). Sadly, I missed their arrival by four days (actually, I’m not sad). Next time Snooki, it is ON.