On our second day in Florence, we woke up to an equally bright & blue sky.
We had planned to have breakfast on our private garden, but the crispy air discouraged us. Nonetheless, after having had breakfast in the warmness of our suite, we sat outside with our guide to plan the day.
We wanted to begin the day with the Accademia Gallery, house of the Michelangelo’s David. We couldn’t booked the tickets on line as there were no availabilities, but we thought to try to go there anyway.
When we arrived, the queue was already very long, so we left the Accademia Gallery for a next visit to Florence – anyway, they say one always has to leave something to see in every place to come back – & continued our way through the streets of Sant Ambrogio & Santa Croce neighborhoods.
It was a pleasure to wander the little streets as this part of the city is much less touristic.
We stumbled upon a textile market, full of designer clothes, but we didn’t found anything. Anyway, it’s always a good idea to have a look when you find this kind of market in Tuscany as there are many clothes factories nearby & the remaining stocks are often sold on street markets.
We continued our way to Santa Croce church,
where we arrived just in time for the Mass. At the same time we visited the church, which contains 2 frescos of Giotto.
The square in front of the church is quite spectacular as well.
We crossed the river, marveling again in front of the Ponte Vecchio,
to arrive to the Boboli gardens, a beautiful Italian garden, that is home to a variety of sculpture from the XVI to the XVIII century.
Actually, we started our tour from the Bardini garden.
The view over Florence from the belvedere was something!
Maybe even better than the view we enjoyed the day before from piazzale Michelangelo.
We continued through Boboli gardens which were so beautiful!
The weather was quite exceptional for February & many locals were laying in the sun & having picnic in the grass.
Boboli gardens end at palazzo Pitti, an imposing, amazing palace built in the XV century, that became the residence of the Medici family. As of today, it hosts several museum.
With the ticket for the gardens, you can also visit the silver museum & the costume gallery.
As for the silver museum, it allows you to wander in some of the most magnificent rooms of the palace…
And to admire exquisite jewelries.
After which, it was well past lunch time & tired hubby told me: “now we can go out for lunch, as we’re not interested in the costume gallery”…
Ahahah! We’re not interested in the costume gallery?? He should know me better by now…
Poor guy followed me around while I looked at every single piece of clothes in the costume gallery!
The collection consists of unique designer pieces belonged to important women in the fashion industry or celebrities.
It was when we went out of Palazzo Pitti that we could really appreciate its majesty…
When I asked my aunt for some advice about Florence, she suggested the Trattoria 4 Leoni, a restaurant just 2 minutes from Palazzo Pitti.
Crossing little streets, there we went for lunch & it was more than delicious! As always, thank you aunty!
Trattoria 4 Leoni sits in a very cute square & if you’re lucky with the weather you can eat outside.
& if it’s cold don’t worry, the restaurant inside is very nice as well!
In a corner of the square there’s a tiny ice-cream shop, where all the locals were queuing to get an ice-cream & then they would sit in the square to eat it, thus making the little square a very lively place.
We shared some toasts
& then again had some pasta. I had tagliatelle with black cabbage pesto. You can find black cabbage only in Tuscany & you should really taste it as it’s too good!
Hubby went for spaghetti with a sausage sauce.
Rested & fed, we could continue our walk. We crossed the river again,
to arrive in Tornabuoni street, an elegant street where all the luxury brands are.
You’ll also find the Salvatore Ferragamo museum.
And good to know, all the boutiques in Florence are open on Sundays 😉
We came across a band playing music & they’re violins cover were quite exceptional.
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We passed through the Porcellino Market, mostly known because of the pig (porcellino) statue, you have to touch the nose of which if you want to come back to Florence.
Now we’re sure we will be back 🙂
Heads up looking at the beautiful buildings,
we continued to piazza della Signoria, a beautiful square dominated by Palazzo Vecchio.
We wandered around, an ice-cream in our hand,
& we went back to our hotel, to rest a bit before dinner.
The night before we spotted a restaurant which seemed really cute & there we went for dinner.
La Giostra is a wonderful restaurant, quite difficult to find as it’s in a little street & the door is quite hidden too. It’s like a good, little secret.
The ceilings are covered with hundreds of tiny lights, so that you’ll have the impression of eating under the stars, the rest of the place is lightened by candlelights & chairs are covered in sheep skin.
The place is utterly cozy & romantic!
The service is perfect & the food is quite exceptional too.
As soon as you arrive, you’re welcomed with a glass of prosecco & some nibbles.
We wanted to taste the Fiorentina, a local & huge – 1,5 kg – T-bon steak of exquisite meat!
Sorry for the bad light…
& for those of you who don’t eat meat…
We finished by sharing a Sacher, a chocolate cake with apricot jam – it’s more an Austrian specialty actually, but I really like it so I couldn’t resist ordering it! ;p
We walked back home hand in hand, happy & grateful for another marvelous day in Florence. <3