Chug-a, Chug-a, Choo-Choo!!

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I love the train – you get to see a lot and it is very relaxing!

Yes, this time we took our first train to Florence from Rome!

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See the speed these trains go? 130 Kilometers/Hr., so about 85 mph, and these are not even the high speed trains!

We are traveling on a EuRail pass during our remaining time in Europe.

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Entrance to our Florence apartment

We stayed in an apartment hosted by our friends, Nada and Lorenzo.

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Nada is now living in Sydney (my Moms saw her there), but Lorenzo met us in Florence.

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Here is Lorenzo greeting us

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Lorenzo in his friend’s wine shop. See the big jugs? She sells her wine from these and siphons them into bottles — my parents said it is great Italian wine.

Their apartment was very nice and had everything we needed, especially air-conditioning, since it was very hot in Italy.

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We were located right in the center of town, and could walk just about everywhere!

The first day, we went to three nearby churches.

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Each was very beautiful in its own very different way.

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The most famous church that you see in all the pictures of Rome has the a large cupola, which is a dome, and was painted by Michelangelo himself, who was actually born in Florence.
Lorenzo gave us a list of things to do, restaurants to go to, and of course, their favorite gelato places!

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The first night we ate in a small (but famous) bistro.  I had unbelievable pasta and clam sauce (the first of many, but not better than my Mom’s 🙂 !) My parents tried the eggplant and and pasta and the first Florentine Steak, in its place of origination, Florence — We all had to try everything — YUMMY!

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….and a homemade cannoli for dessert!

The next day we went to a couple of places that Nada recommended in Lucca, a small town near Florence.

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It is very beautiful and is encased with walls around the entire city.

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The walls are called “ramparts.”

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We ate at the pizza place which Nada suggested – and my parents had pizza — why not?

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We are in Italy, after all!   Lucca is famous for their chick pea pizza, so we tried that, too.

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Then we went to a very nice candy store where I had some meringue and we got some fruit bread for Lorenzo, too.

We observed a beautiful wedding…..

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Did you know that Lucca is right in the heart of Tuscany and is very close to Collodi, where the puppet and story, Pinocchio originated?

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Walking along the ramparts

Afterwards, we went to none other than the “Leaning Tower of Pisa!”

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It was amazing! I have always seen pictures, but never imagined that I would actually go there!

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It is bigger than you think, and it was at such an angle, it seemed like it would fall over any second.

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Once we left Pisa, we had an incredible gelato (at least one a day)!

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Which flavor today?

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We figured out a very complicated train system in Italian, and got back to Florence to some very welcomed air conditioning!

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The views from the train, all along the way!

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2 thoughts on “Food, Food, Food (and much more) in Florence!

  1. Loved Florence. Ask about going to the Medici Chapel to see the Chapel of the Princes – incredible artistry in the stone/marble inlays. Love the gelato!!

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