25th – 29th July 2016
From Cinque Terre I travelled to Florence with Charlotte and Lauren by train. This is a very easy and quick route and was pretty seamless. We booked online a day before but you could easily purchase tickets on the day from the station as the trains seem to be quite regular.
When we arrived we had some time to kill before we could check in so we grabbed some lunch and celebrated Laurens birthday. We checked into the Air BnB which was good but had wifi that did not work and a very odd smell that managed to linger with us in our bags to Rome. Great location though so our stay there was quite good overall.
Over the next few days we wandered the streets of Florence and ate in some pretty amazing places. La Menagere was our favourite place by far getting a daily visit for coffee, juices, cocktails, tarts. It was such a cool place and you should go if your ever in Florence.
PLACES TO EAT:
- Zaza – Beside Piazza Mercato Centrale. The food and aperol’s were delish, I ordered a Ragu bolognese and it was amazing. Highly recommend this spot. Piazza Mercato Centrale, 26r, 50123 Firenze, Italy
- Il Santo Bevitore – Fine dining place that we went to for Laurens Birthday. I got a seafood and Pea risotto which was interesting. They had this cool wine bar here where they select bottles straight off the wall displays in the restaurant and bring them down over the top of everyone’s heads. Via di Santo Spirito, 64/66, Firenze, Italy
- Pine and apple – Asian food but would not recommend it unless you just get the starters which were good. Via S. Zanobi, 44, 50129 Firenze, Italy
- Ristorante Hostaria Il Desco – Authentic italian full of locals. Great food and atmosphere. Via delle Terme, 23/ r, 50100 Firenze, Italy
- L’osteria di Giovanni – Via del Moro, 22, 50123 Firenze, Italy
- Mercato centrale – the food hall on the second floor with lots of options
- Carduccio – cute organic spot in the middle of Florence. Vegan salads and juices. Sdrucciolo de’ Pitti, 10/R, 50125 Firenze, Italy
- Grom or Gelateria Lungarno for gelato
THINGS TO DO:
We did not go into any of the tourist attractions while we were in florence as we preferred to just walk the streets and get to know the city but we did see some from the outside.
One afternoon we went to Piazzale Michelangelo which is a look out over Florence and quite amazing, would recommend giving this a visit.
There are also good markets at Mercato centrale which we purchased straw hats and leather bags from.