Relais Fattoria Valle in Panzano
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Leaving from O'Hare to Düsseldorf at 4:00. Had lunch at Macaroni Grill-beginning our culinary experiences. Monday we arrived in Florence, picked up our Scenic car, toured the airport twice and the got on our way toward Roma on A1. Steve's pre-loaded Navmii gave great directions without using precious AKA expensive data. We found Hotel Borda …
... the secret bakeries around Florence. So the story behind the secret bakeries is that there are only a select few around and throughout the city, and a person is lucky enough to even know of ONE! Well we lucked out, because I knew of one! We ventured out in sweatpants and no make-up! The perfect attire for a Friday night at 2am - NOT! We finally sniffed (literally smelt) our way to the big glass door of one of the secret bakeries! There of course ...
... was happening on the road. Once we were out of the city it got a little easier until we hit the first toll booth. Not only could Waz not even reach the ticket but we had no idea what to do, and had cars behind us reversing out to go to another booth as we were just sitting there not moving. We too reversed back and moved in closer, took the ticket and the boom gate lifted up, confused about the whole experience we were unsure what had ...
... Confederation Cup of football is currently taking place in Brazil, Spain and Italy competed in the semi finals. We decided it would be a great experience to go to a bar full of rowdy Italians and enjoy it. The bar had two 20" screens and easily 100 people crammed into a small space. After 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time, the score was 0-0. Unfortunately Italia lost in penalty kicks 7-6. We had a great time regardless.
We have three main pieces of advice regarding Florence.
1. Visit Florence. Plain and simple. It's a city like no other I have ever visited. It’s multi-cultural, flooded with history and beautiful art, drowning with absurd wine and delicious food and being there truly makes you feel immersed in European culture.
2. Do Not Drive in Florence. Unless of course you ...