A Day of Art and More Food in Florence!
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I think the herbal supplements worked because I was able to sleep 5 whole hours, but then I woke up with a sore throat. (curses!)
Anyways, we had reservations to the Uffizi so we headed out ... but not before we stopped by the pastry shop from the day before to get some marron glace - candied chestnuts. Oh my goodness! They were sooooo good! It was like tasting happiness in a little bite. I had actually dreamed about them all night and they were better than I had imagined. (yay!)
When we got to the Uffizi, we were able to get in pretty quickly since we made reservations beforehand. I was starting to feel worse so I took a cold pill (thinking it was a daytime pill ...). By the fifth room of madonna and child paintings, I thought I was going to pass out.
Around lunchtime, after my mom also purchased a bag at Mercato Nuovo, I managed to revive myself in anticipation of food. I wanted to try Osteria Vin e Secchio, but when I found it, they were still closed - I guessed this based on the unintelligible grunts I received from the grumpy owner. As I was about to pass out, I went into a local bakery/restaurant - Cantinetta dei Verranno for a quick bite. They didn't really speak english so it was a little difficult at first, but I managed to order a prosecco and mushroom foccaccia for me and a mini olive pizza and cappuccino for my mom.
I still had room in my tummy, so we went in search of Procacci, which was known for its little truffle sandwiches. There we had sandwiches and a bloody mary - odd, i know. I ordered tomato juice and got a surprisingly well-made bloody mary. While there, we saw an old man come in with a gargantuan dog (literally twice the size of the man) - and the dog was shockingly well-behaved. If anyone tried giving the dog a snack, he would look at his owner first. The old man would say no, and the dog would refuse to eat (even though he clearly wanted the snack) until the old man say 'you can eat' - in italian of course.
After a cat nap, I dragged myself out of bed, still groggy from the cold medication. We walked towards the Accademia and passed the children's museum. We stopped for some hot chocolate at Le Parigine - yummy - and the owner gave us samples of fresh chocolate truffles. After some more shopping for gifts and for fruit and olives for our train ride tomorrow, we returned to our hotel to wait for dinner.
Based on another Divina Cucina recommendation, we went to Pepo - and boy were we glad we did. It was phenomenal! The place was adorable, with cute little cows on the wallpaper. They greeted us with complimentary prosecco adn then we had a gorgeous mixed antipasti platter (salumi, proscuitto, lardo, anchovy, pickled herring, white beans with caviar, bruschetta with petso, bruschetta with tomatoes, fried bread.