Florence (Firenze)

We slept in this morning.  All the way to 7:30a.  Had breakfast here at the hotel.   Nice cold breakfast with pastry, meats, ceral, etc.    Took a walk to Eataly and stopped at the cheese store next door.   Bought cheese, cheese, cheese and some other stuff.   Then on to Eataly for chocolate.   Back to the hotel and then walked over to Mailboxes Etc. to ship a bunch of stuff home.    Took a walk over past Gili, loved the Easter windows, and Piazza della Signoria, where the Ufizi is .   Then in the afternoon, walked over past train station and I went to a meeting at St. James Church and Nan went to the famous Farmacia.   Met at corner bistro and walked back to hotel.  Leisurely lounging in the afternoon. (with some laundry)   Hotel suggested Cucina Del La Garga for dinner.  http://www.garga.it/  Walked over.  Beautiful restaurant with lots of comtemporary art on the walls.   Nice, but small, menu.  Nan had a Rocket Salad and I did the Mozzarella with sautéed peppers.  For dinner we split a tagliatelle w/Eggplant in a tomato sauce and a spell pasta with pesto and pistachio.  Desert was a killer cheesecake (the chef’s mother’s 40 year old recipe) and a chocolate tort with salt and olive oil.   Stuffed!  Back to the hotel to pass out.

Wine / Cheese / Olive Oil
Wine / Cheese / Olive Oil
Cafe Gilli, Florence, Easter (Pasqua) window
Cafe Gilli, Florence, Easter (Pasqua) window
Cuccina De Garga, Florence
Cuccina De Garga, Florence

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Lucca & Travel to Firenze (Florence)

Got up this morning in the suite at the “residence” part of Hotel Ilaria and made instant coffee in the room.  Then walked over to the hotel and on the 1st floor (which is what we call 2nd floor in the US) and had a lovely breakfast on a glassed in patio up at the front of the property.  Very light and airy.  Good food and attentive service.    Went for a bit of a walk but it started raining so we bailed back to the room and packed for our 12:30 train to Florence.   Had the desk call us a cab and got to the train station in about 4 minutes.    Simple walk down the ramp and then up the elevator to the platform for the regional train to Firenze.   1:20 trip with a number of stops.  Larger cities on the way.  Lots of kids getting on and off.  Train was pretty full by the stop before Firenze.   Had to move our bags to allow someone to sit.  As it was the termination of the train, we waited until everyone got off and then got our luggage down on the platform.  No steps at Firenze Santa Maria Novella station.   Got out front and cabbed it to Il Guelfo hotel which is on Vie Dei Martelli.   That is the main street that runs in front of the the Duomo.   Lots of traffic and people.   The apartment is huge with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living room with dining table for 8.   Washer in one bathroom, which is why we rented it.   Did some laundry and then took a walk up the street.   Went into Eataly and looked at the Duomo.    Came back and got into some more laundry stuff.   Front desk recommended a restaurant nearby for dinner.  Ristorante Le Fonticine.  About 7 minute walk, 500 meters.   Has >400 reviews on Tripadvisor so we had him reserve a 7pm table for 2.   Walked about ½ km to the restaurant.  Beautiful location.  Had a wonderful dinner.   Soups for both, Rigatoni Bolegnese for me and Salad Medici for Nan. She also ordered a pasta pomodoro and we finished with a chocolate pie with shaved dark chocolate on top.   Walked back and just got in when the rain started pretty hard.

Apartment at Hotel Il Guelfo, Florence
Apartment at Hotel Il Guelfo, Florence

Restaurant Le Fonticine

Restaurant Le Fonticine

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