Florence Journals

The heart of Tuscany

An October 2000 trip to Florence by BeAdventureous!

Quote: Based in Florence at a delightful, budget-conscience small hotel, a block from the train station, we deceided to savor every flavor the are offered. From medieval piazzas to renaissance masterpieces we explored its treasures

The heart of Tuscany

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Overview

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The Uffizi Gallery is certainly a must-do, but David at the Accademia was momentous! Lemoncello at the Rivoli in the Piazza Della Signoria was memorable. Views from the belltower in Siena left us breathless. Wine tasting in Chianti at Castello Vignamaggio, where Mona Lisa grew up was ethereal and wild boar sausage in Greve was unlike anything we'd had before. But those bones! Santa Croce must have the "Who's Who" buried there!Quick Tips: Be careful with a purse. If you must have one put the long strap around your neck, pick-pocket gypsy women with small children abound! Bring back olive oil right from the olive trees that abound here from The Mercato Centrale, as well as the ...Read More

Hotel Corona D Italia

Hotel | "Corona del Italia"

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The rooms were small but charming. We had our own shower, bidet and commode, a mini-bar, 2 large windows overlooking courtyards. A TV, radio, safe, and double bed completed the room. The staff was accomodating and made reservations for us at museums and restaurants as we desired. Breakfast was included and it was very generous. A lobby bar with TV too!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Hotel Corona D Italia
VIA NAZIONALE 14
Florence, Italy 50123
39-055-261501

Trattoria Za Za

Restaurant

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What a horrible disappointment! All the guidebooks recommend it, but not me. We will never go back. The food was substandard and cold, the waitress had face piercings; it was disgusting! There are so many wonderful places to go, please do yourself a favor and save your time and money.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Trattoria Za Za
Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 26r
Florence, Italy
+39 (055) 215411

Vivoli

Restaurant

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Here's another one all the guidebooks recommended, but I would not go out of my way to find it again. And it is out of the way I might add. The gelato had freezer burn and the cashier was RUDE. Try anyplace else. They have it on every corner and it is an experience not to be missed!

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Vivoli
Via Isola delle Stinche 7r
Florence, Italy
(055) 292-334

Perche No!

Restaurant

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Great Gelato! The procedure is to first pay at the cash register then take receipt to counter and select your flavors. You can have as many as you want. The charge is by the size.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Perche No!
Via dei Tavolini 12r
Florence, Italy
(055) 298-969

Rivoire

Restaurant

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THE place to people watch! Wait for a table and then grab one near the outside. Order the lemoncello, or a glass of crisp white wine and get the olives they serve as hordovers, and make it last! Sip o so slowly 'cause it ain't cheap, but well worth it. The hot chocolate is suppose to be the specialty but I found it thick and unless you like to drink liquid Hershey bars, it may be a bit rich, as in sickening. Everytime I visit Florence, I will come back here!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Rivoire
Piazza della Signoria, 5/r
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 055214412

Il Latini

Restaurant | "II Latini"

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This is a MUST! Very crowded and even with reservations we had to wait, so arrive early before 7:30! YOu are seated at long tables, so be in a friendly mood. The fixed price bottomless wine is a great deal and the beefsteak served rare with lemon is the specialty and great. Don't miss this one!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Il Latini
Via dei Palchetti, 6r
Florence, Italy 50123

Cibreo

Restaurant

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We went to the Trattoria which is across the street and doesn't accept reservations and has extremely limited seating, so arrive early and be prepared to wait,but is worth it! The food is to die for! Order the yellow bell pepper soup if available. the menu is also very limited, everything on it is incredible!! If you go to the restaurant reservations are a MUST and the price triples, so be prepared!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Cibreo
Via Andrea del Verrocchil 8r
Florence, Italy
0552341100

La Baraonda

Restaurant

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This is like being a warmly received guest by someone who values your presence. NOT usual in most restaurants here. Lunch is what we recommend, simply because the price is half and the food is the same. Locals can be found here, which says alot, I think. The owner greets everyone and his wife is the very talented chef. English is spoken, again you won't find that everywhere and the friendliness means I will make it a point to visit again!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

La Baraonda
Via Ghibellina, 67r
Florence, Italy 50121
+39 0552341171

II Pizzaluolo

Restaurant

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This was one of our top 2 favorites! Pizza! THE BEST THERE IS. Make sure whatever pizza you order, it has roasted eggplant on it. The chef is from Napoli, since Florentines can't made decent pizza. Each table has basil leaves in the vases and the smell is heavenly!! We ordered a white wine that you cannot find anywhere else in the city, called the Tears of Christ which was superb. We highly recommend!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

II Pizzaluolo
Via de Macci 113r
Florence, Italy
055-241-171

Il Cantinone

Restaurant | "II Cantinone"

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Greeted with a glass of spumoni, what can make one feel more welcomed? Met a tourist from New York on one side of us and one from San Francisco on the other. We are from Arkansas, so it's diverse, to say the least. You will be seated at long tables so it pays to be friendly! They offer a tasting of wine and food for 2, but you better be very hungry and thirsty with a designated walker! Jolly fun. From the Nike ad guest to the author who just got published, we made pals.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Il Cantinone
Via Santo Spirito, 6r
Florence, Italy 50123
+39 055218898

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Reservations required on weekends only. This has charm plus. You walk down steps in base of 12th century tower with exposed stone. Order anything with the word Cinghiale-wild boar-in it and you will have a hit! "They" say even chefs from other restaurents come here, so it is very popular.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco
Borgo San Iacopo, 43
Florence, Italy
055 215706

Trattoria Guelfa

Restaurant

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DO NOT WASTE your time or money, the most horrible food in Florence. RUDE RUDE RUDE waiters, who needs it?? Please don't go.... You will HATE it too!

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Trattoria Guelfa
Via Guelfa103 near Fortezza, near Via Nazionale
Florence, Italy
055-213-306

Uffizi Gallery

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Attraction | "Uffizi"

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Can't say it enough MAKE RESERVATIONS in advance, you'll be o so glad you did. Be prepared, some of the rooms they just close off for the day. Why?? Who Knows? See rooms 10-14 Botticelli's work, room 15 Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, room 35 Michelangelo art, room 36, Raphael's stuff, room 41 Rubens contributions, rooms 43 Caravaggio's Bacchus, and room 44 Rembrandt (which I missed, but I KNOW it will be wonderful). Enjoy it at a leisurely pace and BE SURE and get the audio-tape in English so you can REALLY appreciate it. My favorite is Birth of Spring by Botticelli.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Uffizi Gallery
Piazzale Degli Uffizi, 6
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 05523885

Basilica of Santa Croce

Attraction | "Santa Croce"

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Admission is FREE. Who's Who is buried here. Michelangelo, Dante, Bruni, Rossini, (composer of Wm. Tell Overture & Barber of Seville), Ghiberti,(Sculptor of the famous Baptistry doors at the Duomo), & last, but not least, Galileo. See the CRUCIFIX by Donatello (no he's not a Ninja turtle). Also, the Cappella Peruzzi and don't forget the Cappella Bardi immediately to the right of the High alter, which was a setting for the movie A ROOM WITH A VIEW. Bring plenty to 500 lira to put in boxes to light up the pieces because it is dark! This church was built to rival SMN.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Basilica of Santa Croce
Piazza Santa Croce
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 055244619

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)

Attraction | "The Ponte Vecchio"

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This is as earthy and medieval as it gets. You just GOTTA take a romantic stroll in the evening, another during the day. Be sure and kiss where all the lovers congregate. If you can afford it, this is where to buy your gold jewelry. Note the peepholes in the massive doors which are closed at night. Peep in them and see the inside of the old buildings. These shops have lined this bridge in the days when they were butcher shops, but the stench offended the royalty so it was ordained that they become jewelry shops!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
Over the Arno River
Florence, Italy 50125

Galleria dell'Accademia

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Attraction | "Galleria del'Accademia (David)"

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Can't say it enough MAKE RESERVATIONS AHEAD and save yourself a winding lengthy line. All else pales next to DAVID, a la natural. It IS magnificent, and to think Michelangelo sculpted it at age 25! The pieces he did which lead up to it are awesome as well. Obviously the man was gifted. It is as if life strains to be released from the imprisonment of marble. What else did I see?? I really can't remember, but I will NEVER forget David, what a MAN! The veins in his arms, the muscles in his back, must be seem from every angle to appreciate the male body.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Galleria dell'Accademia
Via Ricasoli 60
Florence, Italy
055 238 8609

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Be sure and on your walk to Piazza Michelangelo head for the Romanesque church of San Miniato al Monte and walk to the side and stroll through the graveyard where the author of Pinocchio, C.Collodi is buried along with other fascinating folk. Buy some olive oil at the gift shop to take home. Also don't miss the pharmacy located in Santa Maria Novella, it is hard to find because you must step inside a building, but it is worth seeing. They still sell the recipes the monks discovered for beauty treatments for the royalty, buy some almond handcream and go into all three rooms, it is FABULOUS! Don't miss trying Vin Santo the Italian dessert wine served with biscotti to dip in, tastes like sherry. Ev...Read More