Bits of Florence

Ciao! I hope someone is still out there… I was really hoping to be able to post more while we were on vacation, but after my last post took an entire afternoon just to upload, I just didn’t have the patience. Now, I’m back home, and getting all caught up. While I remember how to do this whole blogging thing, I thought I’d share a few photos from Firenze (aka Florence).

While I’ve been to Italy several times before, it was my first trip to Firenze, and not surprisingly, it was amazing. We had unbelievable meals (thanks to my new favorite Italian food guide book, the Slow Food “Osterie & Locande d’Italia”… this book was a goldmine of great places, and I wouldn’t go back to Italy without it. One word of warning though: don’t trust the payment methods listed. Many of the places, esp. in Firenze, were cash only despite the description in the book), saw Italian opera in Boboli gardens, climbed the steps to the top of the Duomo, shopped like crazy, experinece plenty of Tuscan sun, and ate more than our fair share of gelato. While we were there, I was also lucky enough to get to meet Ilva of the lovely Lucullian Delights blog. What a wonderful treat! Ilva is a marvel with her camera and her recipes…

I hope to be back with some recipes myself from the trip later this week. Until then, here are the shots from Firenze:


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  • I’m very jealous that you got to meet Ilva. Someday I’m going to visit her, soon I hope. Your trip sounds like it was wonderful, great photos.

  • Congratulations, waht a wonderful pictures. Your blog it’s fantastic!!! (I apologize my “cherokee” english…).

  • I love Mario’s. That’s one of my favorite restaurants in Italy!

  • How nice it is to see photos and recognize where they are shot! It was real nice to meet you too. I am happy you enjoyed your vacation in Italy!

  • your trip sounds great. florence is always a beauty – seems you have even been to some of the same places we went last time there 🙂

  • What a treat to see this post! I just got back from Italy myself (about a week ago). I was there for 3 weeks visiting my family (not too far from Urbino!) and I also spent 3 days in Rome. Your pictures have brought back lots of happy memories. I’m glad you enjoyed your vacation!

  • Florence is beautiful isn’t it. Probably changed a lot since I was there about 45 years ago. Glad you enjoyed it. Loved your pics.

  • Cam

    Man you take great pictures.

  • Blimey, this looks like an awesome trip! Looks like you guys had a blast.

  • What fabulous photos! I really enjoyed seeing them and look forward to more… Sounds like a great trip.

  • bee

    thanks for the virtual tour, lara.

  • Nice photos 🙂

  • Your pics are gorgeous and your trip sounds like it was heavenly.

  • MPG

    These are lovely…looks like you guys had an awesome vacation…makes me want to go now!

  • Hah! I have almost the exact same picture as yours, of the man at the meat counter…though mine is hardly as pretty. I could have stood in the center of that market, taking deep breaths all day and just looking at everything. So glad you had a good time in Florence, and thanks for the book recommendation – I’ll have to pick it up before I flee life and responsibility and run away to a little villa somewhere…ah, to dream.

  • Pia

    Lovely pictures. Can’t wait for the recipes.

  • A wonderful photos essay.

  • How lucky are you!! Great photos, I cannot WAIT to get over there!

  • Beautiful photos! Looks like you’re having a great time!

  • I spent a year in Florence in college and your pictures bring back such wonderful memories! I love your blog, although I just now discovered it. I linked to it right away!

  • Your photos look great. A vacation like that is so needed for me right now.

  • Hi,i’m glad to see how much do you love your trip in florence!!
    i’m living in florence (so now you can understand why my english is so scary!!!!)i hope you can back here, and if you want i can show to you some secret restaurant here where you can find somenthing particular!:)))
    bye!ilaria.