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Quick catnap on the train.

The morning did not start well...our water taxi was late so we barely made our train and then we arrived to Florence in pouring rain!  (That being said, the train ride was quite comfortable and we saw glimpses of beautiful countryside.  We also sat next to a nice British couple on their honeymoon. )

It took me a little while to locate our hotel (Hotel Corona D'Italia) on Via Nazionale because the numbering made little sense.  It wouldn't have been so bad if I wasn't soaking wet the entire time.  Upon entering the room, I was a little disappointed because the hotel (while in a nice location) was quite blah.  I'll write about it in the review later.

Listening to my ipod.
 

My mom and I decided to brave the rain and wander through the nearby San Lorenzo Market - mostly leather goods, hats and other trinkets.  It was difficult to browse in the rain so we walked to the Duomo instead, after a quick gelato and waffle break.  Beacuse of the rain, there were no crowds at all so we walked right in and started taking pictures.  (So beautiful and serene!)  Afterwards, the rain was letting up a little so we walked to the Uffizi.  We had reservations there for another day so we just explored the outside of the museum.  We also stopped to shop at the Mercato Nuovo, where I bought a new bag in like 10 minutes... (my best friend would be horrified that I didn't bargain more).  Then my mom rubbed Porcellino's (the little pig) nose for luck.

On the train...
  I'm such a germaphob that I insisted she wash her hands immediately.  Then, we poked our heads into the Rivoire Cafe to salivate over the chocolates!  Somehow we got a burst of energy and walked along Ponte Vecchio and the Arno towards Pitti Palace.  I had planned on buying a souvenir on the bridge but gold prices being what they are, I decided to give that up (thankfully since I was later to be tempted by more beautiful jewelry in Greece and Turkey).

As we headed back towards the hotel I was getting hungry.  I knew there were a couple of restaurants I wanted to try near Santa Maria Novella Church - either Buca Mario (where I had gone in my previous visit to Florence with my best friend) or Trattoria Trebbiano (which was recommened by Divina Cucina - really good resource for foodies in Florence).

Pretty countryside...
  Unfortunately it was only about 5:30 pm and both were closed until 7 or so.  Arghhhh!  We had to find a local cafe and loiter for 2 hours with a glass of wine.  The servers were really really sweet about it though.  One local must have come in 10 times during our stay there - first to buy a cigarette, then he came in for an espresso, then he came in for a snack, etc.  At some point, he sort of befriended us but he spoke no english.

Finally 7pm rolled around - Buca was still closed so we decided on Trattoria Trebbiano.  The owner (or manager) was hilarious!  Everytime we took out a camera he would insist on being IN the photo.  At no time did he offer to take one of my mom and me.  Since I was in Florence I ordered the Florentine Steak for one (since my mom didn't want any).  The man was so cute, he took me into the kitchen to witness my steak being grilled.  Yum!  For dinner we had: caprese salad (amazingly fresh mozzarella), florentine steak (very tasty), eggplant rigatoni (a little too al dente) and a creme brulee with a hint of blood orange (quite good).  Happy and satisfied we left the restaurant but decided to stop to take a picture of the facade.  Lo and behold, the man comes running out to be in the photo.  He must have had eagle eyes!

 

jenn79 says:
that is so cute about the manager!! =)
Posted on: Dec 27, 2009
Eric says:
Have fun in Italy (or are you already back?)! There is a good Gelato place in Firenze...very famous, think it's called Vivoli. Should try it out if you are still there and get the chance!
Posted on: Nov 25, 2009
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Quick catnap on the train.
Quick catnap on the train.
Listening to my ipod.
Listening to my ipod.
On the train...
On the train...
Pretty countryside...
Pretty countryside...
Ditto...
Ditto...
A waffle gelato sandwich ... since…
A waffle gelato sandwich ... sinc…
Mmmmm...
Mmmmm...
The Duomo - majestic, huh?
The Duomo - majestic, huh?
Gorgeous!
Gorgeous!
Rivoire Cafe - delectable looking …
Rivoire Cafe - delectable looking…
Pretty merry go round near Mercato…
Pretty merry go round near Mercat…
The Mercato Nuovo - mostly leather…
The Mercato Nuovo - mostly leathe…
Rubbing Porcellinos nose for luck.
Rubbing Porcellino's nose for luck.
Heading towards the Uffizi.
Heading towards the Uffizi.
Another copy of David - they are e…
Another copy of David - they are …
Along the Arno.
Along the Arno.
Ponte Vecchio - overpriced jewelry…
Ponte Vecchio - overpriced jewelr…
Santa Maria Novella - my marker fo…
Santa Maria Novella - my marker f…
Hungry but trying to wait patientl…
Hungry but trying to wait patient…
We didnt go here this time, but I…
We didn't go here this time, but …
The photo hog at Trattoria Trebbia…
The photo hog at Trattoria Trebbi…
Here he is again!
Here he is again!
Our caprese salad - simple but del…
Our caprese salad - simple but de…
Me and my steak.
Me and my steak.
Close up of my steak.
Close up of my steak.
My mom didnt like her pasta so al…
My mom didn't like her pasta so a…
I did well, no?
I did well, no?
Creme brulee...mmmm
Creme brulee...mmmm
The man doesnt quit!
The man doesn't quit!
Florence Hotels & Accommodations review
While the location of the hotel was very convenient - near the train station and right next to the San Lorenzo market, the rooms were sort of subpar, … read entire review
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