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Rome to Florence

sunny 70 °F

We woke up early this morning – but not quite early enough. Possibly because of our fun last night, we slept in past our alarm and barely made it to our train this morning. Heidi and Alicia finished packing, I checked out and we jumped on the metro before dashing through the metro station to the train station. We made it to our awaiting train with plenty of time to spare – two minutes! A four hour train ride later we arrived in Florence. We found our way to some lunch, our hostel and finally another siesta. After that, we strolled a few miles into the town center, stopping to admire the beautiful views, whether it be the river or the local pastry shop. We headed to Michelangelo's Square where we could see below us beautiful Florence while enjoying good conversation and salty popcorn.


Both Rick (Steves, of course) and Heidi's friend had suggested we try out a restaurant on the river in Florence called Golden View Open Bar (a very traditional Italian name). This has been our finest dining experience, the room was decorated mostly in white and sprinkled with bright and elegant artwork. Even though we were told we had to have reservations, we were able to get a table anyway and sample Chianti (the local wine), enjoy the river below and the cute boys named Mario all around us. One took particular interest in Heidi and offered us free lemoncello in the lounge after we finished our meal. When we left, Mario suggested we head to a local hot stop. I think he's probably still there waiting too see if Heidi shows up....

Instead of going out on the town, we stopped at Grom. According to our taxi driver, Mario, Grom is the best gelato in Florence, and according to Rick, Florence has the best gelato in the world. We really couldn't have passed that up, right? Although it was amazing, I'm not convinced its the best. I plan to spend the rest of the trip trying to eat as much gelato as much as possible in order to ensure an accurate review.

Today we slept in for quite a while; I think we're all still adjusting to our jet lag a little bit. We decided today would be a great day to check out some of the local shopping, some of the local Belgium waffles with chocolate (who knew?) and some of the local jewelry. We braved the rain and thunder, bought purses and scarfs and tucked into a local pizzeria for dinner when it was time.

Florence is smaller than Rome, but still has the feel of a big and busy city. The streets are small, but the charm is big. A good part of our time in Florence has been practicing being Italian – from what we hear this means eating, drinking, people watching and not much else. We're getting pretty good at this, if I do say so myself. This trip has such a special feel to it. I am so lucky to have the amazing women in my life that I do, not to mention being able to experience such amazing parts of the world. It doesn't happen very often that you can see someone every couple years and pick up right where you left off. It's even better when you're picking up in Italy...

Posted by AnzelcL 16:25 Archived in Italy Tagged backpacking

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Guaps, this is just so fun for me to read! i'm enjoying every entry and the pictures SO much. Laurel, you're a fabulous travel blogger. I feel like I'm there! I'm so so so envious that I'm not there to experience it with you. I promise to be on the next voyage! Lots of love. xo

by Erin

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