Like our holiday in Iceland the month previously, Our trip to Italy as a Christmas present. From George to me this time and I was so excited as I had never been to Florence before.
Our flight from Manchester to Pisa was 8am. We got a taxi from the airport to the train station, but the wait for in between trains was long so we chose the taxi option. It was a set price of 9 Euros. from here we caught the next train to Florence for £8.60. the train takes around an hour. On the train we actually revived a text from Easy jet to say our return journey was cancelled, which made things a little more interesting.
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Once arrived in Florence we took another taxi to the hotel. We were staying at the student hotel Florence. The hotel its self is very funky. Featuring a rooftop pool with city views, TSH Florence Lavagnini is located in Florence, 450 yards from Fortezza da Basso and a 15-minute walk from Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral.
Day One – Hello Florence
Off we went to explore our latest city, marvelling at the beautiful sights we found. We stopped for a drink and something to nibble to eat, before if began to rain. That’s right it rained ALOT on our trip to Florence sadly.
We enjoyed a couple of wines and beers and a meat board at Posta Risterante. to wait out the rain, and we did not complain one bit.
The rain did not let up next we had coffee after bobbing into a few shops.
side note we had not taken any coats, luckily I took an umberella.
Back at the hotel to actually warm up as we were soaking and frozen. We had drinks on the rooftop of the hotel where the pool is with a view overlooking Florence. It as still pouring with rain, but the cocktails and view were lovely.
We wandered around to find somewhere to fit in for food, lots of places were full. We ended up eating near the Duomo at the little David. The food was nice but I don’t think amazing to recommend. We had two courses and a bottle of wine for 59 euros.
On the walk back towards the hotel we found Menagerie which we had seen earlier. We called in for drinks, the atmosphere was great and the cocktails too. Four cocktails for 32Euros. I would highly recommend this place for a drink we loved it.
My advice would be to book in advance where possible.
Day Two – Exploring Florence
Breakfast at the hotel before heading out to explore more of Florence in between downpours. Walking down through the city over Ponte Vecchio a Medieval arched river bridge with Roman origins, lined with jewellery & souvenir shops. As soon as we were over the rain was very heavy so we stopped for coffees in a cafe while it calmed.
We enjoyed lovely pizzas at Regine Pizzeria. They were amazing and saw the pizzas from the outside. Deciding to sample and it paid off and also fairly cheap for lunch.
We then walked to central market in the rain and had glasses of wine 5Euros. before heading back to the hotel. There is nothing a love more thank a market in Europe and we have now visited many (hopefully I will do a post on this soon). There are lots of places to buy pasta, pizza and much more including sweets, drinks.
It was really hard exploring the city whilst it was porung down. Museums arnt really our thing and all of the queues are outside in the rain and was off puting in the rain. Instead we popped our heads into shops and cafe hopped. Its certainly one way of eating your way around the city.
That night we ate somewhere that has been recommended to us by some other guests are our hotel and had booked. We did not want the same thing happening the night before. In the lively and crowded environment of the Central Market of San Lorenzo, in the heart of the city of Florence. The Tattoria Zà Zà offered some up amazing grub, truffle pasta yet again (as amazing) and wine each 59Euros.
Day Three – Exploring in the sun
Today we were meant to get on a train and explore Pisa and Lucca. But as out flight had been cancelled we were not due to go home for a couple more days. There was an Italian public transport strike the day before was the train strike and whilst we were there the airport staff. We spent an extra day in Florence exploring. The weather had given better.
Our first stop was Plazza Michelangelo, We walked up through the rose garden which gave an amazing view of over Florence. At the top the view over the city even better. We just about to get some pictures with actual blue sky for all of about 30 minutes. There was a little cafe at the top which we stopped for a coffee with a view, we sat here for a while before yet again more downpours of rain.
In the horrifically heavy rain we moved to the nearby hotel to take cover La Loggia del Piazzale Michelangelo. We ate lasagne with a spectacular view over the city of florence.
Believe it or not the sun actually came out for our walk back down to the city. Calling at a bar on the walk down to enjoy a vino to enjoy the sun actually coming out for a short while.
We enjoyed our last meal in Florence at San Lorenzo market. We hadn’t thought ahead so had pizza it was a very cheap and cheerful a beer, wine two pizzas 20 Euros.
Thoughts on Florence
We had a lovely few days in Florence, the rain had but a very real dampener on the weekend. We had loved the food and not rushing round to everywhere possible. It was a relaxing foodie weekend just us day and it was lovely. I would love to go back and explore Florence and more of Tuscany in the sunshine sat in vineyards.
We now had the next two days to spend in Pisa thanks to Easy jet and our cancelled flight due to the strike. Including a day trip to the Town of Lucca which was in our original plan to visit from Florence.
Have you been to Florence? I hope the weather was better for you What did you get up to there? How much did we miss?
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