Travel Tips — Firenze (Florence)

If you’re into art, visit to Firenze. We went there for a night just to visit Michelangelo’s David (Bob’s only real competition for Gina’s attention). Because it’s only 1.5 hours from Roma by train, a day visit is possible. If you want time to visit the Duomo, do some high-end shopping, and take in a meal, however, consider spending the night. Tip: when visiting Firenze from Roma, be sure to take the EuroStar (no stops), and get reservations to ensure you have a seat.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Mario’s.
Via Faenza 89, Firenze. Near the train station; about 10-15 minutes by foot from the main attractions. Nice place to stay with families, old wood beam ceilings, nice bathrooms. Contact the hotel at hotel.marios@webitaly.com, or visit www.webitaly.com/hotel.marios.

WHERE TO EAT

Cantinetta Antinori.
3 Piazza degli Antinori. Excellent food, both for lunch and dinner (we ate there twice in less than 24 hours)! Simple, although a bit formal (the room upstairs is a bit less formal). Great chianti classico reserva, and their own wine as well. Excellent tuna and white bean salad, and amazing cabbage rolls. Gianfranco Stampa, the well-dressed Italian owner, floats from table to table to ensure that everything is in order.

Osteria Il Mostrino.
141 Via Borgognissanti. Great, simple Tuscan fare. Great pasta, chicken, veal chop. Informal, relaxed, really fun. Most tables have a view of the open kitchen, so watch them cook.

WHERE TO SHOP

Firenze is infested with high-end stores; you’ll have no trouble finding them. One small but very cool store is Replay, just off the Arno. They have great t-shirts, jeans, tops, etc.

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