Watch the sun set at Piazza Michelangiolo, you will get a wonderful view of Florence... It's great to sit up there as the sun goes down and relax with someone special or friends. :)
It is easy enough to walk up there (although it's a long walk!) or (as we found out later) you can take a bus from the station.
Firenze Gelato Festival
We were able to go to the first annual gelato festival in Florence held on May 28 to 31, 2010. Being big fans of gelato, we were quickly rearranging our travel plans to make sure we can at least do some of the activities.
Basically, the artisan gelato makers were invited to participate. Throughout the festival, there are activities for children (such as gelato making workshop), demonstrations, seminars, and tastings. You can get a gelato pass for 4 euros that will give you 5 tastings, or you can get a 1 tasting ticket for 1 euro. There are "artisan villages" at different locations in Florence, and we visited the location near the Duomo. There were 6 participants that morning and we tried from 5 of them. (10 am was a bit too early for gelato, so we couldn't have tasted more.)
Because this is a showcase for these master gelato makers, they serve some interesting flavours - we tried the marscapone, ricotta, green apple, cookies, and straciatella fiorentina (has alcohol). All good but my fabourites were green apple and marscapone. There were many more we wished we could try.
We couldn't find any of the other events, like the one where they make gelato using traditional equipment, so I cannot comment any further. Based on the schedule, there seems to be a lot going on in the next few days. The volunteers at the ticket booth were able to give us some pointers, but I wished there were more information out there in English.
I think there is potential for this festival (if they hold it again) but it will need to be better advertised. We saw two posters in the 2 days prior to the start of the festival. I spoke with a few other people and none of them know of the festival before hand.
The website I attached is in Italian, by the way. There really wasn't a lot of available information in English when we were researching our trip.
tons to choose from!
There is so much at this market. It's a great place to pick up souveniers or gifts. I bought my suede jacket here when I was in highschool (see pic) and I was able to bargain the price down by $40.
The tourist bus includes 15 stops of particular interest along the itinerary as following: Stazione FS - Martelli - San Marco - Colonna - Beccaria - Tintori - Zecca Vecchia - Piazzale - Galileo - Machiavelli - Porta Romana - San Felice - Tornabuoni - Antinori - Unita.
It is possible to get and off at every stop.
Bus frequency: every 30 minutes, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. every 60 minutes. Timetable: summertime 9 a.m. to 11p.m., wintertime 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: adults € 20,00, children € 10,00, ticket is valid 24 hours.
Tickets can be bought on board, at some stops or in selected hotels.
AUTHENTIC CHEAP ITALIAN FOOD
THIS PLACE IS A FAMILY RUN BUSINESS POPULAR WITH THE LOCALS AND INFORMED STUDENTS / TOURISTS. THE FOOD IS AUTHENTIC NORTH ITALIAN FARE WITH A PIZZA NO WHERE TO BE SEEN !!
THE FOOD IS SOURCED FROM LOCAL PRODUCE AND FRESHLY PREPARED BY COOKS, WHO DESPITE THEIR SENIOR YEARS, PREPARE GORGEOUS FOOD IN KEEPING WITH LOCAL CUSTOM.IF THE LOCALS EAT IN SOMETHING MUST BE RIGHT ?? THE CLIENTELLE COVERED ALL AGE GROUPS.
WE HAD A SUBSTANTIAL 4 COURSE MEAL & DRINKS FOR LESS THAN 50 EUROS - BARGAIN !!
IF YOU WANT FANCY EXPENSIVE FOOD WITH OPULENT CORPORATE SURROUNDINGS AND SLICK SERVICE THEN THIS IS NOT FOR YOU,IF LIKE ME HOWEVER YOU WANT THE REAL FEEL / TASTE OF ITALY; GREAT FOOD,ATMOSPHERE,FRIENDSHIP AND GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU....A GOLD MINE
(I USED TO LIVE IN ITALY FOR 3 YEARS SO I THINK I HAVE SOME KNOWLEDGE OF ITALIAN FOOD)
BE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT !! MY FAVOURITE DISH ,WHOSE NAME ESCAPES ME RIGHT NOW (I AM AT WORK !! ) WAS THE GRILLED PORK CHOP SERVED WITH SAUTEED POTATOES & MIXED SALAD...FRANKLY I COULD PRETTY MUCH EAT EVERYTHING ON THE MENU EXCEPT THE TRIPE (UGH!!!)
OTHER FAVOURITES ARE MOZZERALLA WITH PROSECUTTO HAM, TOMATOE BRUSCHETTA & SOMETHING I BELIEVE (LOOKED BAD TASTED GOOD) WAS LIVER PATE ON TOAST....AND THE RAVIOLI,CANNELONI,ETC ETC