Florence, Italy 

We caught the train from Cinque Terre to Florence and spent 4 days exploring the city. We stayed in an air BnB which, finally, after 2 months of travelling had a comfortable bed! It was really well located, just a 5 minute walk from the Duomo and city centre. Every morning on the way out we stopped at our favourite cafe / restaurant / bar called la Menagere for great coffee, fresh juices and beautiful pastries, cakes and tarts. They also do the best Aperol Spritz filled with fresh berries and fruit.

 Florence is home to the largest collection of Renaissance art however the queues to get into the cathedral and Uffizi gallery are hours long which is unbearable in the heat so we spent our days wandering around the city, admiring the architecture and eating some of the best food we have had on the trip. Check out Trattoria Za Za for really good pasta and go to Mercato Centrale if you are unsure what you feel like, it’s a food hall with plenty of options. For Lauren’s birthday we booked into il Santo Bevitore which was a modern Italian restaurant and wine bar where they select bottles straight off the wall displays all around the restaurant. For lunch try Hostaria il Desco, an authentic Italian family restaurant where the locals go. Or if you feel like something super healthy and not Italian go to Carduccio for zoodle salads, fresh juices and smoothies. When in Florence you must have gelato every day, gelatarias are everywhere but our favourite was grom. 

One afternoon we went to Piazzale Michelangelo which is a look out that gives a great view of Florence. We went in the afternoon but it’s meant to be amazing at sunset. Florence is also known for its leather, there are plenty of leather factories around however we went to the flea markets as they are better priced and have nice, good quality bags and accessories. We also bought straw hats from a lovely Italian lady who had been working at the market for 40 years (they are a big feature in our photos haha). Florence has a nice feel and we thoroughly enjoyed our food tour of the city. If you are keen to do the tourist activities and art galleries make sure you book in advance or go when it’s not so busy.

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