Compared to Rome, Florence looked
like it was a Disney movie set - saw workers scraping gum
off the cobblestone streets!
We stayed at the Hotel Pendini -
great location right off the Piazza del Republica, spacious
room compared to others on this trip, and around the corner
from an internet cafe. Perfect :)
We knew our time in Florence was
limited, especially with closures due to Christmas, so we
had a plan and a schedule.
After we dropped our bags at the hotel, we headed straight
for the Accademia, stopping along the way for a few pictures
of the Duomo. We saw David, spent about an hour at the Accademia,
and then set out to find lunch. We were so so tired of margherita
pizza and spaghetti pomodoro that we adventurously ordered
something else. This was the beginning of "the week of
veal". Marsala, milanese, picatta - you name it, we had
it on this trip.
Christmas Eve we visited the Uffizi Gallery, then walked
across the Ponte Vecchio to visit the Boboli Gardens. Come
to think of it, we walked everywhere in Florence. We had dinner
the the Trattoria Ponte Vecchio, just to the right of the
bridge when walking back from the Boboli Gardens. Our meal
was so amazingly fantastic we returned for Christmas dinner.
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