Before coming to med school, I went to Italy (Venice, Bologna, Florence, and the Cinque Terre.) Here are a few Florence tips that I think Rick Steves probably won’t tell you about…
Santo Spirito: After seeing the big sights, spend all of your time on the south side of the river. That is my greatest piece of advice to you.
Grab a pizza at Gusta Pizza. Pop over to the steps of Santo Spirito, meet some nice strangers, people watch. Walk across the river, again and again.
Osteria Santo Spirito: I accidentally ordered two entrees here. The best rigatoni I have ever tasted. Ever. Gnocchi that melts in your mouth. Gorgeous place, super gorgeous people, gorgeous food.
Chicco di Caffe: traveling alone means…dinner on the house. Small, wonderful, off the beaten path. (not shown)
Libreria Brac: unapologetically hip. Divine. I want to live here.
amblé: quirky little cafe/furniture store with cute, friendly people.
My two favorite gelato places…
Gelateria La Carraia: go to the one next to the river, sit on the bank of the river, try to not let it drip.
Gelateria della Passera: delightful little triangle-shaped square. Same idea…sit, eat, love life.
Leather: I bought this bag at the leather market. Bargaining was essentially ineffective and far less dramatic than Asia (lame). Navy leather Madewell x Superga sneaks from…New York.
Florence Town Vespa Tour: yup, this is what dreams are made of. It involved a castle, a lady in purple sparkly eye shadow, and lots of wine. And driving on winding roads at golden hour. !!!
A happy me, wearing the same t-shirt, with my post-Italia glow. Happy traveling.