Heading to Florence
Florence Travel Blog› entry 4 of 20 › view all entries
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.
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.
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).
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!