With an early flight from Paris, we arrived in Florence just in time for breakfast.
Mesmerized by the bright blue sky, we took a seat for a cappuccino al fresco, in front of the best view ever!
Florence Cathedral is huge & magnificent. Its well-known dome, visible from almost everywhere in the city, was a technical prowess. Built by Brunelleschi in 1420, it was the biggest dome in the world & it’s still the biggest dome of masonry ever built.
We walked around the Cathedral to admire it from every possible corner.
Having admired et length the Cathedral from the outside, it was time to discover the inside.
& in particular, the wonderful dome, which represents the Last Judgment.
We then moved to the Mercato Centrale – the main market in Florence.
We usually love markets, so we always try to visit one, plus on the first floor of the Mercato Centrale there are several restaurants, which was a good option for lunch. Not only we love to visit markets, but if we can also eat in markets it’s even better! 🙂
On the streets outside the market, there are several stalls selling clothes & accessories. Mainly leather products as the region of Florence is very well know for leather production.
Walking around you could smell the leather indeed.
Inside the market, you’ll find the food products.
On the first floor you can taste the local specialties! We walked around, spying at what people were eating for inspiration…
decided to have pasta (of course!) & before that vegetables’ tempura as appetizer.
It turned out to be a bad choice. The vegetables were good, but portion was big & eventually we felt heavy… instead of pasta we went for some fresh fruits!
We had a long walk, getting lost in the cute, narrow streets,
enjoying the incredible blue sky,
crossed the river,
while admiring the Ponte Vecchio,
& went up to piazzale Michelangelo, to enjoy the view over Florence.
We couldn’t get enough of the view, the blue sky & the warm sun.
But we had booked the tickets for the Uffizi Gallery, so we eventually went down through a nice, blooming path,
& crossed the Ponte Vecchio to go to the Uffizi Gallery.
We really liked Ponte Vecchio, it’s so weird to have houses on a bridge.
We made our way through a crowd of tourists…
Jewelry shops are lined on both sides of the bridge & we marveled at precious watches, necklaces & earrings, before reaching the Uffizi museum.
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most important museums in Italy and it hosts a rare collection particularly from the period of the Italian Renaissance.
The Uffizi Gallery is obviously full of tourists & it’s almost impossible to see the paintings in the most famous rooms.
We regretted not having taken a guide so that he could give us some explanations about the most well known pieces & show us a bit better around, as we felt a bit lost by ourselves. Also the visit itinerary is quite labyrinthine, so it really could be a good idea to have a guide.
Tired from a day of exploring, we walked back to our hotel, looking at the buildings turning pink under the sunset sky…
We stayed at Firenze Suite, an elegant place, hidden in a little street in the very heart of Florence, which only have 7 rooms, all different & all with frescoed ceilings!
By the time we arrived at the hotel, we were very much curious to discover our room – the room wasn’t ready when we arrived on the early morning.
They kindly upgraded us to a more spacious room, the Piccarda suite, shall we?
Our site was beautiful, comfortable – bigger than our home in Paris ;)) – & opened on a private garden!
Plus, the frescos depicted shells, which was perfect for us who love the ocean so much 🙂
Ready to go out again, we went to Trattoria da Benvenuto for dinner, a local trattoria opened in 1943.
In a simple place they offer all the fundamentals of the Tuscan cuisine & everything is obviously homemade.
We shared a mix of appetizers.
& ordered the house red wine, which was also very good.
White shirt with black lace (it’s on sale!!)
& then, of course, it was finally time for some pasta! Bolognese for me,
& pappardelle with wild boar – a typical Tuscan dish – for my mister.
We finished our dinner with a shared tiramisù, which was delicious – & I usually don’t even particularly like tiramisu!
Happy & tired we walked back home, where we quickly fell asleep, feeling like princesses in our frescoed room…
Ok, I was feeling like a princess in my frescoed room, not sure about hubby though… 😉