A June 2004 trip
to Florence by Carmen
Quote: Florence was my second stop on a three-city tour of Italy. It was the most "cultured" of the three cities, with Brunelli's beautiful Duomo dominating the skyline.
Hotel | "Hotel Adler Cavalieri"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 1, 2004
VIA DELLA SCALA 40
Florence, Italy 50123
Bar Due Ponte
We were walking from our hotel to the Ponte Vecchio when we passed by the Bar Due Ponte (bar of two bridges.) One of the servers was standing at the entrance and noticed our interest in the gelato counter. For the first time in Italy, I noticed some different flavors in the selection. I asked for a taste of butterscotch, but it was too rich for me. I settled on dark chocolate – but in a nut and chocolate cone. Turns out, one scoop in such a fancy service ran me 5.5 €. Geesh! I discovered that they sold it in cups, but of course, they push the more expensive cones and hide the prices. Hmmmm. Well, that was my American tourist moment.
The gelato itself was very good. Smooth, no ice chips. The cone wasn’t worth the price, it just made me thirsty. I’d give this one 3 cones out of 5 with a note to get it in a cup – skip the fancy cone.
La Botlega Del Gelato
VPS Maria 33/R
This was a gelataria recommended in our trusty Rick Steves book, and we were close by so we took a slight detour. The line of people suggested that the gelato would be good, so we first bought our ticket (specifying the size we wanted and paying first) and then took our ticket to the counter to specify flavor. I busted out of the plain jane flavors here (at least in my book) and went for the caramel. There was a caramel ribbon running throughout, which was not as sweet as the gelato itself, but gave it almost a buttery, even butterscotch taste. My small cup was 1.6 €, I had learned my cone lesson before.
I think this gelato was made even better, because we ate it outside as we started talking to another American woman who was traveling the country for three months! We sat on a stoop as it sprinkled rain a bit, and talked of our travels, how good the gelato was, and where we were headed next.
This gelato gets a 4.5 cones out of 5. At the time, I would’ve given it a perfect score, but I didn’t know the pleasure that awaited me in Rome.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 1, 2004
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 1, 2004
Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco
Borgo San Iacopo, 43
Restaurant | "Cammillo Trattoria"
Borgo San Jacopo, 57r
Florence, Italy 50125
Via Ricasoli 60
055 238 8609
Attraction | "Sarti Leather Goods"
Via Ricasoli, 77
Attraction | "L’Antica Cantina del Chianti"
L'Antica Cantina del Chianti
Piazza Duomo, 23 R
Attraction | "Uffizi"
Piazzale Degli Uffizi, 6
Florence, Italy 50122
Attraction | "Duomo, Campanile, and Baptistery"
Santa Maria del Fiore & Baptistery (Il Duomo)
Piazza Del Duomo
Florence, Italy 50122
Attraction | "Beautiful Views of Florence"
Cary, North Carolina