Florence: Salvatore Ferragamo Museum & Santa Maria Novella Train Station

On our last day in Florence Rochelle and I rushed to the Salvatore Ferragamo museum to see all the shoes they created for stars in the past. The entrance fee was €5. The museum had an exhibit that paid homage to Marilyn Monroe which lasts til January 28, 2013. We got to see the ... [Read More]

Florence: Trattoria La Madia

For our last meal in Florence we took a chance by randomly picking a restaurant that looked appealing to us. We were lucky it proved to be a good choice. On our last night we just decided to walk around the city and look for a restaurant that looked authentic so we stayed away from the area near ... [Read More]

Florence: Robiglio

I wish we had more days to try out all the coffee and sweets shops in Florence. After Caffé Gilli we tried Robiglio next. We didn't stand at the bar this time because we were hot and tired and wanted to sit and rest for a bit. Those marzipan looked like real miniature fruit were too ... [Read More]

Florence: Caffè Gilli

Florence had a lot of museums and cultural attractions but they also had several pasticceria and  confetteria which drew me like a moth to a flame. One of the oldest sweet shops in Florence is Gilli located right across the Savoy hotel. So many types of candies! Ok... not ... [Read More]

Florence: La Capanna Pizzeria Trattoria

After two museums we walked around looking for a place to have lunch and spotted this pizzeria. When we looked around we were surprised to find it was just next door to our B&B. That's how near all the sites were to each other. La Capanna has been open since 1906 so it must be good ... [Read More]

Florence: Uffizi, Accademia & Ponte Vecchio

Among the many attractions in Florence the most popular are the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia and Ponte Vecchio.The most important tip before you go to Florence is to buy your tickets to Uffizi and Accademia online and way in advance. I bought our tickets and audio guide from TickItaly more than a ... [Read More]

Florence: Osteria dell’Olio

We finally had a good meal in Florence thanks to Mary's recommendation to eat at Osteria dell'Olio which was very near the Duomo. I forgot what this bread was called but I really, really loved the nutty taste and chewy texture. Does anyone know what this is called? Everything ... [Read More]

Florence:Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square)

After a day of outlet shopping our driver brought us to Michelangelo Square to end the day with some culture.   Designed in 1869 by Florentine architect Giuseppe Poggi, Piazzale Michelangelo offers panoramic views of Florence and the Arno valley and is a popular spot with locals and ... [Read More]

Florence: Locanda Dei Cantonieri

Our very knowledgeable driver brought us to Locanda Dei Cantonieri, a quaint B&B ten minutes away from The Mall outlet for our lunch. As soon as I saw the orange cake in the display I couldn't wait til dessert. The restaurant had only a few tables and we were ... [Read More]

Florence: Outlet Shopping at The Mall & Space Prada

For me a good vacation is a fine balance between culture, good food and shopping. If one is missing it doesn't feel right. The only exception is a beach vacation where I don't expect any shopping. Luckily my two travel mates are also avid shoppers so dedicating a full day to outlet shopping in ... [Read More]