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Florence Concert and Dinner
"Your evening starts in the charming neighborhood of Oltrarno on the south side of the Arno River. Make your own way to a traditional Florentine restaurant where your table awaits. Then sit back and relax as the friendly waiting staff serve up your meal. Select a budget-friendly set menu with Chianti wine or upgrade to enjoy a choice of traditional Tuscan dishes from an à la carte menu. Wine is not included with the à la carte option but a wide selection is available should you want to order a bottle at your own expense. See the Itinerary for sample menus. After dinner take a short stroll into town to St Mark's Anglican Church
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Cooking Class: Italian-Style Meatballs and Tiramisu
"When most people think of meatballs mounds of pasta doused in red sauce come to mind. Ironically in Italy it’s rare to see spaghetti and meatballs on the same plate. Polpette are savory appetizers or stand-alone entrees. Italy’s meatballs come in many shapes sizes and sauces. They are made from pork seafood and even vegetables.This class offers two interesting options that will surely satisfy your taste buds. You will learn how to make authentic meatballs; how to choose your ingredients fresh organic
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Florence Full Day Trip from Livorno
"You will be driven to discover Florence a dynamic city perfect representation of Italian Reinassance. Florence hosts a wide range of monuments impressive gardens typical shops starred restaurants and trattorias. Have a walk and discover the Mercato Nuovo where you can find the Fontana del Porcellino (Piglet Fountain) and enjoy a magnificent view over the city from the Piazzale Michelangelo. Go through the Boboli Gardens: an op statues fountains and very old olm oaks. One of the most impressive palace is the Uffizi Gallery located off the Piazza della Signoria. The museum offers thousands of artworks by masters like Michelangelo
From EUR525.00

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Fruit and Vegetable Market: Mercato Centrale

Located in a huge, sprawling wherehouse, go up to the second floor and you'll find one of the largest and most amazing fruit and vegetable markets you'll ever come across. An incredible selection of fruits and vegetables. In the spring and summer the selection is most impressive. This is ground zero for the Chez Pannise crowd -- and that's not a bad thing!

What to buy You can buy almost any type of fruit and vegetable you can imagine. Even if you aren't staying at an apartment with a kitchen, buy some fruit to take back to your hotel room. It really doesn't get any better than this. In the late Autumn you can find an large selection of mushrooms and truffles.

What to pay Prices are reasonable, and much less than you would find at most gourmet markets back home.

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May 28, 2004

For the Kitchen: La Norcineria

I don't have any doubts wheter to buy food in a small shops or big discount centres, small quarter's shop is definatelly my choice. Truth is, such a shops might looking overcrowded with merchandise and almost immense, but its exactly what making them more charming. Yes, we need eyes to see but in such a shops what we need much more is good nose (flair of hunting dog is required).

What to buy Fresh bread or panino, salami (I suggest mortadela), pecorino cheese (sheep cheese from Tuscany), dark oiled olives, and it will make the best sandwich one can imagine. A quarter of white dry wine to drink.

What to pay Can't say exactly but could cost 5 or maybe 10 euros.

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croisbeauty
Jan 17, 2013

dino bartolini: Everything for the kitchen

I like cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, so this shop was a great find!
I can also be a bit of a gadget man for kitchen equipment. This place has just about everything.
Local tuscan pottery also available.

What to buy Pasta making and cutting equipment.
Chocolate and sweet moulds.
Coffee making equipment.
Pottery.
Cheese grater.

What to pay Average (I think!).

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martystagram
Apr 26, 2003

Lorenzaccio: Italian ceramic majolica ware, hand made & painted

Ceramica Lorenzaccio is the outlet store in Firenze for a local ceramics factory. It is a short walk from the Ponte alla Carraia or the San Maria Novella square.

What to buy Their ceramics are hand made and hand painted in the colorful tuscan and umbrian majolica style. They offer single pieces or entire table sets. We were there in May 2009 and bought a single bowl from the shop lady who is part of the family that owns the factory. She said we can add similar pieces and they even make to order to complete sets.

What to pay Our bowl pictured is 9.5"x11.5" and cost 62 euros. That may sound high, but we see it as a work of art and a beautiful memory of our visit to Florence.

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May 29, 2009
 
 
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Sarori & Dintorni Conad Supermercato: Shopping at the Supermercato

If you're lucky enough to have an apartment with a refrigerator or a hotel room in the spring or autumn where you can store food on a window ledge to keep it cool, then of course, one of the best ways to experience the local flavor, to drink in the culture, is to shop locally for food!

We shopped at our local supermercato, Sapori & Dintorni Conad, for groceries. Very nice place. You could easily while away a few hours looking at the various Florentine goods.

What to buy Ah, yes! What to get? First things first, you MUST try the blood orange juice. Also, wine & Prosecco are also good choices as you'll be fairly amazed at the low cost to procure these goods. Vino - isn't that *why* you came to Italy in the first place?!?!

We also shopped for deli meat (sliced salami and prosciutto) and cheeses - mmmmm! And yogurt. AND lemon soda (something we fell in love with!)!!

What to pay I can't recall exactly what we paid but I do remember they were good prices.

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Ponte Vecchio

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Chiesa Dei Santi Apostoli

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Piazza degli Uffizi

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Il Porcellino

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