October 11, 2016

When we arrived at the Westin Excelsior we were blown away by the lobby, where sunflowers in beautiful arrangements welcomed us to Florence. What we didn’t expect was a beautiful flower arrangement on the table in our room. After further exploration, we found a smaller...

October 10, 2016

As much as I love my day-to-day life and the familiarity of home, it’s always a little bit disappointing when the vacation ends. Coming home from Florence, it was a little bit of a shock to exchange the marble countertops, crown molding, and balcony of our hotel room f...

October 7, 2016

It’s hard to hold a wine glass - the right way that is. Not by the bowl or by the top - but delicately by the stem. We learned this and many other small lessons about wine on our fourth day in Florence when we crossed the Arno river to begin our morning at the Tuscan W...

October 6, 2016

When we first walked into Ditta Artigianale, we didn’t know what to do. Do we approach the guy behind the bar? Ask the waitress for a table, or seat ourselves? 

But soon a waitress came over to us and offered us a seat at a table within arm's distance of the bar where w...

October 5, 2016

Just like cities in the US, there is a mix of amazing, average, and below average dining experiences in Florence. It’s a competitive market, with lots of tourists, and lots of restaurants. One of the hardest parts is figuring out where to eat. 

So, I did my homework. Th...

October 4, 2016

When we returned home from Florence, our friends and family loved seeing the pictures of restaurants that we ate at. But they were a little puzzled about why we would return to some of the same restaurants over and over. Weren’t we missing out on exciting new experienc...

October 3, 2016

It’s the classic wedding question: “Would you like chicken, fish, or beef?” The restaurants in Florence offered some different choices, including some we had never had before. Like wild boar. Or octopus. Or rabbit. No adventure is complete without trying something new,...

October 1, 2016

I had planned on eating at Pensavo Peggio since before we arrived in Florence. Before our trip, I spent time reading reviews on Yelp to come up with a list of potential restaurants to enjoy within walking distance of our hotel. Pensavo Peggio was one that made the cut....

September 30, 2016

I’ve never eaten so much bread in my life. Focaccia, pita, and breadsticks (many of them house made) were served at each restaurant we visited, along with a side of local extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar. Some restaurants added their own touches: for ex...

September 29, 2016

There are more museums in the city of Florence than we could have visited in a month. Some are housed in grand medieval palaces, while others are tucked into small corners of the city and rarely visited by tourists. Maybe museums aren’t your thing, and learning about a...

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