A few months ago we wrote about the beginning of our Italy escapade, focusing on Venice and some surrounding islands. Now it’s time to concentrate on Florence and the wonderful food of Italy … or as I like to say Eataly! Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and is full of art, history, shops and restaurants. A visit there is not complete without seeing Michelangelo’s David, or a walk through the piazza to marvel at the magnificent Duomo, or a stroll along the Arno River and across the Ponte Vecchio (the only bridge not to be destroyed during World War II).
The San Lorenzo market where leather goods and souvenirs can be found is also home to an incredible indoor food market. They have everything from pasta and meats to olive oils and desserts. It’s a great place to walk around, take in all the sights and smells, and pick up lunch.
During our time in Florence I arranged a cooking class at a gorgeous retreat called Villa la Massa. It is located about 15 minutes outside the city center, but a world away from the hustle and bustle. It’s a small Virtuoso property with 37 rooms on the Arno River. A perfect place to stay if one wants to explore the Tuscan countryside, but still be close to Florence, as they offer free transportation on an hourly basis. Chef Andrea Quagliarella does not speak English, but the hotel was happy to provide a translator and photos of our time, as our hands were preoccupied with homemade pasta. The best part … we got to sample our creation!
This area of Italy is just awesome and a great place to vacation. Please get in touch as we would love to help you plan an Italian get away!