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A Different Side of Florence

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At the risk of sounding like a massive tool, I am going to start off this post with one of my favorite quotes about Italy, you know, because there are so many to chose from.

“A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see.” -Samuel Johnson

9 out of 10 Americans when polled about their dream trip answered “Italy.” (Disclosure – I just made that up). What is behind this anglo-fascination with Italy? Certainly I am guilty of this, losing count around 2009 of just how many times I’ve journeyed to the boot of Europe. At least 10 now. And there is so much left I want to eat, see, do, and then eat some more.

And did I mention I am going back to Italy again in 3 weeks to speak about travel blogging at TBD-Italy? I just can’t stay away!

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

Is it because Italy has it all? Is it the perfect destination rolled up into one nice, neat elongated package? What is the root of this romantic, mysterious fascination with Italy, and why is Samuel Johnson so spot on – if you haven’t been to Italy, you  haven’t been anywhere. Be embarrassed.

Do Italians realize just how idolized their country is by the rest of the world?

To say that Italy is magnificent is a massive understatement, and there is a very good reason why the Big 3 – Rome, Florence and Venice – are worshipped by not only Americans, but the world. They rock. They are beautiful. They are cultural, historical, and every other iterative adjective you could possibly come up with. Italy has earned its fame.

Florence is no exception, in fact, it’s the king of Italy. I have never heard more Americans abroad in one place than I have in Florence. My fellow countrymen (and I) are attracted to this great Tuscan capital like moths to a flame.

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

I first stepped foot in Florence in January 2008, where I spent a week taking in all the art, eating all the pasta and getting kicked out the museums. I knocked off pretty much every single touristic Florentine site from my bucketlist and then some. I did it all – or did it do me?

Florence is popular for a reason – it’s spectacular. Of course the downside is that everyone and their mother turns up during peak travel times to this neck of the Italian woods.

You see, Florence in the summer turns into an amusement park. I’m not even exaggerating. There are so many tourists, it can be difficult to walk down the street in the old part of the city, and the lines for the major sites and attractions can be daunting. For me, this was a good thing because it forced me to see a different side of Florence.

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

Too. Many. People. ACK!

This time around, I wanted to take it easy in Florence. My travel style has evolved over the years, and now I try to take things slow, especially in places I’ve already been. Knowing myself, the last thing I wanted to do was wait around in massive crowds and lines, sweating my face off to pay to see something I’ve seen before.

I have crowd-phobia but I still love Florence.

With some careful maneuvering around the jam-packed parts of town, I was able to discover the local, overlooked and quiet side of Florence, which for me was the best part.

Here’s my guide to a different side of Florence, away from the massive crowds, away from the cheesy stereotypes. These are places I loved and enjoyed and I hope one day you do too (you know, because life is incomplete without a trip to Italy)

alternative things to do in florence

The Boboli and Bardini Gardens

Reflecting back on my chilly week-long January trip to Florence when I was 19, oddly enough it turns out that one of my favorite places I visited was the Pitti Palace and gardens. This time around, I made sure to go back and spend time exploring the maze-like gardens. The Pitti Palace has different tickets you can buy, so I opted for the Boboli Gardens-only one, and whizzed on by pass the crowds straight into the sprawling green space behind the palace.

Similar to Versailles, I’ve found most tourists don’t bother walking more than 5 minutes or so from the palace itself, leaving the Boboli Gardens people-free – just how I like it!  With Florence is as crazy-busy as it is in July, these gardens were a welcome respite from the general mayhem and mass of people around town.

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

Now for the best kept secret in Florence, are you ready for it? Just past the Boboli Gardens, if you keep on wandering for long enough, you might find the entrance to the Bardini Gardens. Only recently opened, this green space is completely unknown to tourists. I reckon I saw maybe 5 people the whole time I was exploring them, and 2 were park employees!

This small Renaissance garden is perched up high enough, when you just walk in you get great views of the city. This was my favorite find of the trip and I spent a good hour just sitting on one of the benches overlooking the city, reading and writing. If you need a break from the crowds in a beautiful place, head here. Just don’t tell anyone! This has to be our secret!

Also I have way too many photos from here, but I just couldn’t help it -forgive me!

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

Florence Food Tour with Walks of Italy

It’s no secret, I am not a fan of organized walking tours. However, this is a constant struggle when I’m on the road because as much as I hate trotting around like ducklings with large groups of strangers, I equally want to learn as much as possible about wherever I am – and most of the time the cheapest/easiest/quickest way is to join a tour.

And my favorite kind of tour is a food tour – surprise, surprise, I know you must be shocked. After years on the road, I’ve finally come to the realization that the best way to get to know a new culture and place is through the food. Smell it. Taste it. Eat it. Repeat.

As soon as I discovered there was a Florence Food Tour offered by Walks of Italy, I signed up. What a perfect way to get to know a different side of the city. Plus, all the noms! Winning.

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

Now everyone raves about the food in Italy, and with good reason – it’s fabulous. However, for the foodies in all of us (and for Italians) most cities and regions in Italy have their own cuisine and typical dishes, and it’s important to broaden our minds past the concept of “Italian dining.” There is so much more to food around Italy than pasta and pizza. I wanted to learn how the locals eat!

This of course means that Florence has its own culinary traditions, rooted in not exactly what you might expect – peasant food. Dishes that use weird types of meat used to be the norm and even now can be found on street stalls – simple food that used all parts of the animal. We all tried lampredotto, a dish made from cow’s stomach which is typical in Florence, and you know what? It wasn’t half bad. As long as you didn’t think about it too long, that is.

Forget the pasta. Forget the pizza. Beef. Wine. Olive oil. Bread – these are the staples of the Florentine diet. Hearty and simple, just how I like it.

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

I was so excited when I realized the tour only had 4 people on it, including the guide. Convening on the steps of Santa Croce, we headed away from the crowds into the food heart of Florence: Sant’Ambrogio. If you want to see the real side of Florence, this is where you go.

Eagerly follow our guide, we began to eat our way through the city. We started at a wine shop, clustered around a table learning about the local wine and olive oil tradition. After living in Spain for years, I realized I was very biased and didn’t know that much about the Italian traditions, so I eagerly perked up and tried to remember everything I was learning while drinking heady red Tuscan wines – a bit counterproductive, right?

My favorite part of the tour was the market in Sant’Ambrogio. Picking our way among the stalls, we nibbled on fresh figs, were awed by the incredible selection of fresh food, before making our way inside and trying ALL the cured meat and cheese in Florence!

I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t say no to food, especially cheese and especially when it’s starting at me in the face.

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

By the end of the tour I was feeling especially fat and lethargic, not to mention I really was beginning to regret wearing tight denim Daisy Dukes. What was I thinking? On a food tour?

All needing a pick-me-up, we stopped into the most charming cafe I’d seen in ages - Caffè Cibrèo owned by the man, the myth, the legend, the famous Florentine chef Fabio Picchi.

Sipping a quick espresso at the bar, we admired the beautiful carved woodwork and elegant red velvet chairs, old-fashioned and retro, this was my kind of place! Suddenly, a big guy with the most impressive mustache this side of the Atlantic came into my vision.

“Is that HIM?” I squealed, “is that Fabio??”

Thanks to some quick thinking by our suave guide, I was able to meet the genius behind these famous Florentine restaurants and cafes – I even had a total fangirl moment and got a picture with him. He was such a character! If only HONY was in Florence that day…

LOOK AT THAT MUSTACHE!

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

No food tour in Italy would be incomplete without gelato as the finale. Am I right or am I right?

This tour was everything I could have wanted and more. From eating my way through the truly “local” part of Florence to making friends with a famous chef to drinking morning wine, I couldn’t have been happier. Correction: I would have been happier wearing leggings. Take note ladies!

alternative things to do in florence

La Specola – the weirdest museum in Florence

On my first day in Florence, and spectacularly annoyed with all the crowds of tourists in all the places, I quickly polled in on my Facebook page for some tips of 0ff-the-beaten-track things to do in Florence. Little did I know how much you all would throw me off the the beaten path.

Cue La Specola, the weirdest museum in Florence, and quite possibly the whole world, also known as the Museum of Zoology and Natural History. 18th century natural history that is. After hearing several of you guys rave about it, I was intrigued. I like weird, Victorian, historical and science museums, so this seemed like my kind of place.

Just past the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens, I walked by the entrance twice before I finally found it. That should have been some indication of what I was getting myself into. Without a soul in sight, I wandered around this palace for a solid 10 minutes before I finally found the ticket counter. No one was more surprised than the attendant.

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

Basically La Specola is a museum filled with natural curiosities from 300 years ago, which in my books is pretty damn awesome. It is the oldest scientific museum in Europe. An odd combination of Renaissance palace, euro university and a museum in dire need of renovation, this place was so fascinating, I spent a good part of my afternoon inside.

The first part of the museum is filled with stuffed animals, think zoology not Toys’R'Us. Wandering from room to room filled with glass cases of strange creatures with strange looks frozen on their stuffed faces, I was surprised by vast amount of wildlife from around the world was procured in Italy so long ago.

My favorite dead animal in the museum had to be the hippo, which according to the placard was a 17th century Medici pet who lived in the Boboli Gardens. Hey, I was just there!

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

Of course the weirdest part of the museum is the enormous collection of wax anatomical models from the 1700′s. Incredibly realistic and lifelike, apparently they were copied from real corpses (shudder) and used to teach medicine in Florence.

However, what I found most fascinating was how the wax models were posed. You would think they would just be displayed on their backs or in whatever position made most sense, right?

Instead they were all displayed lounging about on pillows, propped with their legs delicately resting on what could have been a lounge chair, head flung to the side and fingers delicately resting on their throats, as if they are saying, “oh yes darling, please  bring me some more tea and crumpets.”

It was creepy. But fascinating, and definitely interesting and unique.

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

Renting an apartment with Go With Oh

Knowing that I wanted to experience a different side of Florence this time around, and to get as local as possible, I decided instead of a hotel or hostel, I’d rather try renting an apartment instead. Since I almost always travel alone, I opted for a one bedroom Go With Oh loft right in the center of everything. Literally I walked out of my door and I was 30 seconds from the Duomo. I couldn’t believe the location!

Staying in an apartment was perfect for me as a solo female traveler, and it let me have the kind of independence and flexibility of cooking at home and feeling like I belong that I always look for on the road.

Of course this meant that I didn’t want to leave! In fact, I loved this apartment so much I ended up staying in Florence longer than I meant to!

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

Right inside the Piazza della Signoria, I was no more than a few minutes walk away from just about all the major attractions, which I enjoyed walking around and exploring on the outside, avoiding the lines on the inside. The best of both worlds really.

There is just something about staying in an apartment instead of a hotel that gives you a different experience; if you’re an independent traveler like me, sometimes you just need that.

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

My morning ritual quickly became wake up and hop across the piazza to a beautiful art-deco style cafe. At first I walked by it glancing in at the magnificent pastries displayed in the windows. Doesn’t take much to draw in a girl.

Until now though, when I googled the name to write for this post, did I realize that Caffè Gilli is a Florentine institution, and a tremendously popular cafe. I had no idea at the time. I was sucked in by the beautiful chocolate croissants and bright colors.

Because I wanted only coffee and a pastry, I went inside to pick it out for myself, instead of sitting on the terrace outside. Let me let you in on a big ol’ secret – in Italy, have your coffee and pastries standing at the bar, do not sit down. The price difference between table service and bar service, especially at a place like Gilli, is astronomical. I paid € 2,50 for a cappuccino and the best chocolate croissant outside of France every morning I was in Florence. That would have been over € 10 outside sitting.

Reading the reviews online for this place, I realized it has a horrible reputation for its terrace dining and people have been repeatedly ripped off and have left in anger. However, my experience standing inside at the bar (sometimes twice a day) was fabulous. It was never crowded and the people-watching was excellent. Also take note, Italians stand at the bar, foreigners sit for coffee.

If you want to fit in like a local, order your coffee and breakfast at the bar.

Have you ever been to Florence? Do you get sick of crowds traveling and how do you cope? Do you ever try to see a different side of a popular place on the road?

alternative things to do in florence

alternative things to do in florence

Many thanks to Go with Oh and Walks of Italy for hosting me during my time in Florence. Like always, I’m keeping it real – all opinions are my own, like you could expect anything less from me!

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59 Responses to A Different Side of Florence

  1. Jennifer September 16, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    I totally get sick of crowds! Glad to see you discovered more of the food than pizza and pasta.

    • Liz September 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

      Yeah me too, and the crowds get so crazy in Italy!

  2. Erika September 16, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    I’ve only been to Italy once and it was a brief stop-over for about half a day in Milan. Italy is a place I definitely want to get back to and really explore — but I refuse to do it on a backpacker’s budget. When I go to Italy, I want at least a little luxury and the ability to see any and all of the monuments I want to see. It’s a big dream trip that I’m holding out for in the future, but man, a post like this makes me want to book a flight today, haha! Thanks for showing us another side of Florence, Liz! :)

    • Liz September 16, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

      You’re welcome! Yeah, agreed, Italy is decadent and deserves to a bit of luxury. Luckily, I’ve found if you’re willing to shell out just a bit more, you really get a lot out of it.

  3. Must for Wanderlust September 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Okay the Boboli Gardens sound exactly like what I love… Living in Versailles we’d often just walk an extra 5 minutes to find it beautifully deserted & relaxing. Not many tourists even make it down the steps!
    & Florence is & has always been top on my list for Italian destinations… Just something about it. I’ll finally be making my way this year & I’m insanely excited!
    Great tip about standing at the bar too, it’s ridiculous the little tips like that that can save you! :)
    Congratulations on speaking too :) x

    • Liz September 16, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

      Thanks Yeah, seriously, if you’re ever having a coffee in a Italy, in the big cities that is, drink it at the bar :)

  4. Angela September 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    What a great and informative post! I was in Italy roughly 6 years ago and did not find Florence to be as crowded as your pictures show. I was there at the beginning of August, which is still a popular time. I enjoyed your Gardens pictures and really would love to check them out. I tried to visit Pitti Palace, but it was closed when we tried and were not able to fit it into the rest of our plans. Thanks for sharing!

    • Liz September 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

      Ah bummer, you have to go back then! I wasn’t even there on a holiday or weekend either, but it was bananas. It was crowded in January when I went in 2008 but nothing compared to this.

  5. Matt September 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    My family and I went here in August of 2012. We only spent two days there (we were renting an apartment in Rome and we took the train), but we did our best to see everything we could. Such a beautiful place but I totally agree about the crowds! There were so many people! I’ve never heard of La Specola, but now I really want to go back and check it out! I miss Italy so much.

    • Liz September 16, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      It’s amazing! La Specola was really cool and very different from the rest of Florence.

  6. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas September 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Florence has a totally special place in my heart – it was the first place I ever went by myself! I couchsurfed, attended a botellon with some Spanish Erasmus students and swore off a map for the first time. Took my boyfriend in January, too. I just loveeee it!

    • Liz September 16, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      Ahhh that’s awesome. It’s a magical place, that’s for sure!

  7. Heather in DE September 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    LOVE THIS. Love it.

    I was in Florence in January this year and even then, the lines at the Uffizi were so long that we didn’t bother waiting. It scares me away from going back during the peak season! I’ll be back for sure, but I’m shooting for spring our fall. I got enough of tourist mobs living in Prague. ;) But next time I go, I’m definitely hitting those gardens, and might have to look into the food tour as well. You’d never think such a satisfying meal can come from just bread, olive oil, sausages, cheese, and of course, red wine…. Luckily here in Nürnberg there is an Italian market in the city center every so often. Then we can get stocked up on truffle sausage, sheep cheese, and Chianti to our heart’s content. :) Great tips!

    • Liz September 16, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

      I bet Florence in the spring or fall is amazing, especially in those gardens! I love the simple style food in Florence too, it’s great :)

  8. Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren September 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    Perfect timing! I’m traveling to Italy for the first time next spring and Florence is the first place we’re visiting. My body is ready for those delicious carbs. Bring it on. Definitely bookmarking this. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy travels :)

    • Liz September 17, 2013 at 7:13 am #

      Thanks! You’re gonna have an amazing time!

  9. nicole September 16, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    Those Boboli Gardens are very pretty. We were in Venice for a few days on our honeymoon. I thought it was alright. There were a ton of people. I liked Serbia, better. But, not as a comparison since it’s hard to compare countries. It’s more like I liked the vibe. =)

    • Liz September 17, 2013 at 7:14 am #

      Agreed, it’s very hard to compare countries. I usually gauge it by feelings, memories and experiences

  10. amelie88 September 17, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    1) All these pictures of food are amazing. I’m hungry just looking at them.
    2) Those gardens are so beautiful and serene looking. I could have spent all day in there.
    3) I cannot stop laughing at the picture of the blowfish (at least that’s what I think it is?).

    I am probably one of the few Americans who does not have Italy in her top 5 destinations (I have been to Rome). Nothing against the country, but I never felt any pressure that I MUST go or that I was really missing out on anything by going somewhere else (apart from the gelato). Different strokes for different folks I guess. :)

    • Liz September 17, 2013 at 7:16 am #

      I know, right? I think it’s a blowfish and I lol’d in the museum. Luckily, I was the only person in the museum at the time haha.

  11. Jo Fitzsimons September 17, 2013 at 4:47 am #

    You should include a warning not to read this before breakfast :) I was in Florence this summer – 3rd visit and I still adore the city. I spent hours lying on the grass reading in the Boboli gardens – I needed it after the Uffizi! I also met Fabio, a lovely, warm man and spectacular chef. Am I allowed to have Italian cheese for breakfast?! Nice post.

    • Liz September 17, 2013 at 7:17 am #

      How awesome was Fabio?! Definitely one of my favorite memories! Love the gardens in Florence, deffo my favorite part of the town! Nice to just escape for an afternoon!

  12. GowithOh September 17, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Liz!

    This was such a pleasure to read! Totally agree about skipping the touristy stuff & the crowds, once you’ve seen it, you’ve seen it! The obscure places you visited look like a lot of fun. You’re going to inspire a lot of people to travel off the beaten path!
    We’re happy to see you had such an amazing trip!

    Happy adventuring!

    • Liz September 19, 2013 at 4:43 am #

      Yay! That was the goal :) Loved it, can’t wait to go back one day!!

  13. Julie Sheridan September 17, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    Hi Liz, love the post:) I stayed in a GowithOh apartment in Florence this February (have to admit I work for the company too but it was my first time trying out the service for real as a client). It was my sister’s 30th and I was looking for something that would let me, my mum and sister all hang out together and celebrate the occasion. We were all holiday apartment virgins but it worked out really well and it’s definitely something I’d do again in future. Florence itself is fantastic, even in the February rain. And the food, incredible.

    • Liz September 19, 2013 at 4:43 am #

      Yay! Glad you had a good time in Florence :)

  14. Katherina September 17, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Ah, I totally get what you mean – I can’t stand crowds! Living in London, crowds is something you can hardly ever escape from… unless, of course, you go alternative ways (and even then, it’s often still crowded).
    Those gardens look like the perfect place to unwind in Florence!

    • Liz September 19, 2013 at 4:44 am #

      It was the perfect break I needed. Sometimes I just need to be away from people and recoup!

  15. Neil Gratton September 17, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    I’ve been to Venice (and want to go back at a quiet time of day – say a summer sunrise) and already really wanted to go to Rome, but you have SO sold me on visiting Florence too :)

    • Liz September 19, 2013 at 4:44 am #

      wahooooo that’s what I like to hear!

  16. Sara Louise September 18, 2013 at 6:24 am #

    Beef, wine, olive oil and bread sound pretty good to me!

  17. Lance | Trips By Lance September 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    Great suggestions for a return trip to Florence. Those must-see sights exist for a reason, but not everyone is into art. I loved Florence. We mixed the great art and food with just walking the beautiful streets. I look forward to a return trip that will allow us to slow down even more and not worry about seeing all the great must-see sights.

    • Liz September 19, 2013 at 4:46 am #

      I’ve found that slowing down is just as nice, love taking my time now

  18. Miriam September 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Thanks for writing this post, Liz!

    I visited Florence for the first time in the middle of summer and while I found it enchanting, the crowds of people made it difficult to fully enjoy the experience. I’ll keep this in mind the next time I head out there. :)

    • Liz September 19, 2013 at 4:47 am #

      Yeah, it’s hard in the summer, so packed. Even in the off season it’s crowded too. That’s why I just had to escape and find some quiet spots otherwise I would have lost my mind!

  19. Megan September 19, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    I’m one of those weirdos who has never been all that interested in Italy, but the way you describe it makes me think I should go there sooner over later. The natural science museum alone seems primed for hilarious photos. I mean, the tag lines you could come up with for those images = super fun exercise in hilarity and creative writing.

    • Liz September 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

      I know! I think I laughed the whole time I was exploring it !!!

  20. Samantha September 19, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    This is all fantastic advice. I spent a summer in Florence & have about 200 pictures just from La Specola because it was/continues to be the weirdest place I’ve ever been!!

    I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog, it’s great travel inspiration for I graduate college this year…I’d love to live in another country and it’s so refreshing to see others who have done it!

    • Liz September 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

      Yay, that makes me happy to hear! I hope you make it abroad again soon :)

  21. the lazy travelers September 20, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    oh my guh, crowds. summer in europe & the people it attracts is just overwhelming, no? that food tour, however, looks TO DIE FOR. right up our alley.

    • Liz September 21, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

      So overwhelming, I hate it! Luckily I found some awesome quiet spots around town :)

  22. Gomzy Decor September 20, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    beautiful place.. beautiful food.. and beautiful you.

    • Liz September 21, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

      lol thanks.

  23. Günter-Martin September 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    I was in Florence a few years ago. Great pictures. I remember most of this places.

    • Liz September 21, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

      Yay, I hope you love it there and get to go back one day xx

  24. Adam Finan September 22, 2013 at 1:28 am #

    Hey Liz,
    You have some great pictures in this post.. You must spend ages editing them!? Look forward to getting back to Italy next year.. The Mediterranean is calling me back :)

    • Liz September 22, 2013 at 6:52 am #

      It takes soooooo long, I hate it, hate it, hate it!!

  25. Jenny September 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    We will be spending three days each in Rome, Florence and Venice next May/June and only one and a half days of each stop is guided so your article above is of a great assistance to two kiwis on their first trip it Italy. Thank you.

    • Liz September 24, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

      Wahoo, it sounds like we are swapping places, I am all settled in in Wellington at the moment – love it here! Enjoy your first trip to Italy! Have some chianti for me :)

  26. Passport Stamps September 23, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Delightful pictures, truly mesmerizing.

    • Liz September 24, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

      Thank you so much

  27. Steve September 25, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    I’ve never been to Italy. Florence is a place I’d love to visit. However, the crowds does put me off. Just survived Dubrovnik. Thanks for the tips.

    • Liz September 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

      good, then you’ll do just fine! Florence is spectacular :)

  28. Josh September 26, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    I really don’t read this blog often enough – you put so much work into your posts Liz, and your photos rock! Seriously, those pics of the food tour? I think I’m about to sob into my substandard spaghetti carbonara – sobras de ayer tambien!! Must go this year. But it would be my first time so unfortunately I think I’d have to grapple with the masses :(

    Awesome post.

    • Liz September 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

      Thanks Josh! I am so glad you noticed! I work so freaking hard on these posts, nowadays it takes me ages before I click publish.

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