Of all the bigger cities in Italy, I’d have to say my favorite is Florence. While I am more of a sucker for a relaxed locale like Lake Como, or out in wine country Tuscany, Florence for me is the perfect mid-size city. Culture, food, action – but not as many crazy people as a city like Rome or London or Paris. I don’t come on trips to hang out with crazy people (unless I’m in Prague, of course).
While this was my second time to Florence, I definitely enjoyed quite a few new things I hadn’t had the chance my first time around. Art, like David and the Birth of Venus, were highlights. I suppose as I age I become quite a bit more appreciative of art, its history, and the individuals that created it so long ago.
Mid-day we found what may have been the best sandwich I’d ever eaten at a bustling shop named All’antico Vinaio. Properly shaved prociutto, fresh bread, fresh mozzarella, and tomato. It was MASSIVE, and glorious.
As the day evolved, Ali and I got a bit weary of the trek so we found a spectacular beer and wine bar, Angie’s Pub, in the middle of a little street, sat, drank, and people-watched. This moment may have been my favorite of the day, just taking the time to feel the city and its energy.