Near the end of our stay in Tuscany, we hopped on a train to spend a day in nearby Florence, or Firenze, as they say locally.  It was such a whirlwind of a day, but the beautiful Duomo looms heavily in my memory, with its towering dome peeking out at us from around every corner as we explored the city.  Florence was a day of indulgence for us, beginning with a delicious lunch of truffled pasta and multiple stops at the colorful gelaterias that pepper the city, but my favorite memory was our discovery of the bright and airy espresso bars, where, for a single euro, you are almost instantly served an expertly made espresso with sugar and a tiny biscotti.  A far cry from the cafe culture in Paris, in Italy there were hardly any tables to linger and people watch; rather one stands at the bar, downs the espresso in one or two sips, and then heads off on their merry way.  To this day, as I’ve stood in many a long cafe line, desperate for caffeine, while those ahead of me placed their very specific drink orders, and I’ve longed for just such an espresso bar to open within walking distance of my office.

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2 Comments on “Florence

  1. We’re headed to Florence in just a few days! Thank you for the beautiful photos. Any restaurants you’d recommend?


    • Yay for you! I only ate at one restaurant and I couldn’t remember the name, but you might try looking at this post from Hither and Thither, who I absolutely trust:


      One of the best pieces of advice we got about food in Italy was to trust in restaurants that had been around for a long time—they’d stayed in business for a reason, and in general that resulted in amazing meals for us. Hope you have a great trip!



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