Florence, Italy

Aw Firenze! What an amazing city. I enjoyed our time here so much. This was my second time to go and this time we went with My in laws and brother and sister in law. I enjoyed it even more this time around. We stayed outside of the city(more on that later) and just took the train into town. It was so nice to stay in a quiet area just 15 min away and then come into the city whenever we wanted. Make sure when you are at the train station you are on the right side of the track for the train. We were all ready to go into the city and got on the wrong side of the track and didnt realize it until the train got there. We all had to run like crazy down the stairs, then up the different set of stairs to make sure we made it. ha Not a fun situtaion to find yourself in I will tell you that. We would just buy out tickets at the station and then you have to make sure and validate your ticket in these little machines before getting on to the train. No one ever checked out tickets but people told us to do it so we did. I would not advise renting a car and trying to find parking in this huge place. Most everyone spoke english and it was very easy to get around. Plus, anytime we would get lost, Hunter who literally is a walking map would just lead us back to the right place. I am one lucky woman. :)

We aren't into museums or going into crowded and busy places so we literally just walked around and took pictures, ate tons of pasta and gelato, and drank ourselves silly with wine! What more could you want? Until next time Florence! 

Side note: make sure you go to Piazzalle Michelangelo which is at the top of the hill to see the whole city. That's where I was able to get the picture that is the main photo of the post. Such an amazing view! Also, notice in the last picture those two love birds just making out. It was so funny to literally see people making out everywhere in Europe. If you can't beat em..join em I guess. ha 

AROUND TOWN!

We only spent about two full days walking around the city. I loved every part of it though! We literally just walked and walked and walked and saw the city! There are so many incredible buildings and opportunities for photos. The only advice I have for you is to get gelato whenever the heck you feel like it and grab a to go glass of wine and roam the streets for hours getting lost and soaking it all in! 

STAY!

How can I possibly even try to sum up our time at Valdirose Charming Rooms? I honestly don't know how too. From the smiles on Paolo and Giovanni's faces when they came to the train station to pick us up, to the beautiful sun room that we had breakfast in every morning, to the fresh baked cakes in the cupbard that would call my name at all hours of the day, to the most hospitable couple I may have ever met. This place is a pure dream and I still think about it often. Every detail in this beautiful home is so lovely. Irene has such a gift in styling and decor. Paolo and Irene, if you ever need any help at the BnB, Hunter and I will be the first to sign up. :) This adorable couple makes you feel right at home and like you are family. This place is truly special. I would stay back here in a heartbeat! 

More details: It is located just a short 15 minute train ride into the city. The train station is only about a 10 minute walk from the BnB. We were so close to Tuscany and spent a day traveling around the different towns and going to a winery that I will include in my tuscany guide! 

FOOD!

La Menagere is one of the cutest restaurant there is out there. They are your one stop shop for food, coffee, flowers, cocktails, or home goods. We went here twice during our stay and just feel in love with the atmosphere. 

FAVORITE SHOP!

Aqua Flor Firenze is one of the most beautiful stores! It has the most adorable entrance and is on a cute little side street in the city. They have every sent you could imagine and they have everything from perfumes, room sprays, candles, soaps etc... Anything to meet your hearts desire! Go check this gem out for sure! 

GELATO!

When it came to dessert in Florence, my absolute favorite gelato place was Gelateria Della Passera. I was tempted to go two times in one night. I don't know how to describe it..It was just the best. It's pretty far from the main area (where the Duomo is) but it's in this adorable little square with three other great restaurants and is SOO worth the walk. If you want to eat at the restaurants that are near by it which are all great options (4 Leoni, 5ecinque, or Il Magazzino) make sure you make reservations. We tried to go two different nights and there was a long wait!