November 20, 2017

Trip Report Part 1: Florence, Italy. We ate way too much.

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Honk. There’s nothing sweeter than the sound of the UPS truck announcing a delivery. Particularly when that delivery is super sized wall art from our trip to Italy. And what an epic trip it was. We started our trip in Florence, where we lucked out and got an amazing deal staying at an incredible Tuscan villa, overlooking the Tuscan countryside and the City of Florence. Breakfast on their patio overlooking the olive trees almost had me in tears for nothing beats prosciutto & salami on freshly baked bread for breakfast. We were in heaven!

Villa Agape is some 40 minutes outside of town (walking distance) and the walk couldn’t have any prettier – stunning views wherever you go and whenever we didn’t feel like walking, we simply arranged for the hotel shuttle.

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Relaxing in the gardens after a long day

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Olive trees on the property with Florence in the distance.

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The trail from the hotel to the city.

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Bardini Gardens.

Before leaving, I’d spent ungodly amounts of favoriting my favorite restaurants and Gelato places on TripAdvisor and had made online reservations for dinner weeks in advance. Turns out my obsessive compulsive planning payed off as all of them were packed and it would have otherwise been next to impossible to get a foot in the door. Museum tickets were super easy to organize from home (we booked the Duomo climb as that one also can’t be booked spontaneously)

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After the Duomo climb (we thought the 400+ stairs weren’t an issue and would have had no problem climbing the Bell Tower right after but alas, we weren’t able to get tickets.) Fantastic views and you can stay on top as long as you please.

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A pretty common sight. đŸ™‚

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Mooneys on the road. The guided bike tour was super fun & included a wine tasting (hello!) as well as lunch.

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We had such a great time in Florence that we were heartbroken when we had to leave for Cinque Terre but more about that in the second trip report installment.

Our favorite Florence restaurants (reservation highly recommended!):

La Buchetta. Our absolute favorite. The gnocci were the best we’ve ever had and the aged beef was heavenly. To die for. If I could only eat at one place for the rest of my life, I’d be happy to go here.

Trattoria Pandemonio – try the eggplant flan as a starter. Super hard not to just lick the plate.

Cantinetta Delle Terme – divine! Fantastic, attentive service and amazing food.

Nobile BistrĂ² – it’s a little hard to find but it’s super close to the Duomo and offers delicious pastries and paninis. Cash only.

El Nuntio – casual outdoor dining. The pizza was good and we liked the gnocci as well.

Gelato Places: we didn’t stumble across a bad one, just some that were friendlier than others. Our favorite was Gelateria Santa Trinita, on the non-Florence side of the Ponte Veccio.

Bike Tour: Tuscany Bike Tours. It’s a casual bike tour that allows time to stop and take photos so more of a “sightseeing by bike” tour than racing through the countryside on mountain bikes (which we only considered briefly). The guys were incredibly fun and while I’m usually not a fan of organized tours, this was was super cool with cool people.

xoxo
Kat – Kat Mooney Photography
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