Firenze, take two

We got up at dawn to catch an early train from Rome to Florence to meet up with Maria Laura, our guide in Florence. We had a challenge meeting up with her at in the Piazza della Signoria because there was a film crew dominating the piazza. The movie Inferno, starring Tom Hanks, is being filmed in Florence for 10 days. Once we connected with Maria Laura we went to the Accademia, where Michelagelo’s David is, and although I’d just been there a few weeks prior David was still as moving as ever. It was great to hear her artistic insight on all the Michelangelo sculptures at the museum. 2015-04-01 14.59.40

After a caffeine break we headed to the Uffizi, with its stunning hallways, Botticelli paintings, views of Ponte Vecchio and veranda overlooking the Duomo, where we had a relaxing lunch. 2015-05-03 12.20.18 2015-05-03 13.53.20 2015-05-03 13.55.57

After some shopping and downtime we went to dinner at Il Latini, where my mom, aunt and I went a few weeks ago. We sat outside and had a delightful dinner, including the most delicious ribbolita, the Tuscan vegetable and bread soup. I completely forgot to take pictures.

We had a much-needed restful morning the next day and went to the Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella, a beautiful perfume, tea and chocolate shop. We drank fancy tea (almond!) and ate fancy biscotti. 2015-05-04 12.11.16 2015-05-04 12.27.11

We met up with Maria Laura again and went to the Duomo, perhaps my favorite building in Italy and the site of the largest fresco in the world, Santa Croce, where Michelangelo, Dante, Machiavelli and many others are buried, and revisited the Piazza della Signoria.  2015-05-04 14.25.45 2015-05-04 14.19.432015-05-04 16.41.58 2015-05-04 16.40.202015-05-04 15.24.122015-05-04 16.39.52

After our daily gelato we hopped in a taxi to go the “suburbs” of Florence to visit Becca’s high school friend who is now the director sculpture of an art school. We were able to see some of the students’ work and learn a bit about how sculpture works.

Next, we had a fantastic dinner at an out of the way restaurant Pane e Olio. The co-owner, Jean Lucca, was our server and he made the evening so memorable. He recommended dishes, gave us free food and wine tastings, and suggested wines made in Cortona to buy upon our return.2015-05-06 20.21.052015-05-04 19.49.58

The following morning we perused and purchased at the San Lorenzo market and had a wonderful lunch in the impressive and Reading Terminal-esque Centrale Mercato.2015-05-05 13.16.42

2015-05-06 20.20.37We picked up our rental car at the airport and made the drive through the Tuscan countryside to Cortona. Home sweet home.

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