two weeks before I left for Italy, i decided to go to Italy! my itinerary was Rome to Florence to Venice, spending a few days in each city. the weather was kind, not hot but certainly not cold…perfect for being a tourist. each city was so different unto itself, my favorite by far was Florence. while the history of Italy is interesting it was often cruel and unforgiving, the remnants of kings & queens, slaves, and gladiators are evident everywhere. there are very few “new” buildings in any of these cities. being from a country that has a relatively short history, well at least in reference to buildings and structures, i found this attribute amazing, exhilarating, and kinda humbling. i loved the mix of mostly old with a sprinkling of new.
i ate a lot of yummy food and drank fabulous wines!
Gusta Pizza – amazing pizza in the quaintest area. there was a line but barely a wait as this place is popular….5 Euros for Margherita!
Osteria Santo Sprito – best bruschetta and gnocchi (the best tomatoes of my life!)