Florence..a lovely city (but where's the laundry?)
Trip Start Jan 11, 2007
94Trip End Jan 15, 2010
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We visited the Uffizi and Accademia museums and saw the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio bridge, which are all required stops on the express tourist pass through town
I can't wait to return to Florence and visit more art museums, walk through some of the smaller streets, and shop at the charming paper and leather goods stores. I found a wonderful book shop where all the books and paper are handmade and many are bound in leather---it's right near the Santa Croce church which is itself a sight on the must see list. Off to the left on a small side street in that same area is Vivoli Gelateria, a place where they claim to have the best gelato in all of Italy. Quite a claim for a country that loves its gelato, but the stuff was amazing. What was NOT amazing was the bread in Florence. Apparently there is no salt in the bread, as a Neapolitan told me later. I would not eat it and thought they must keep the good bread for themselves and give the bad bread to the tourists. My husband said I was rude to the waiter when I told him in Italian that in Naples, the bread is good, but in Florence, the bread was not good. I was not at the table when the bill came. My husband paid it quietly, and whisked me out without mentioning the extra 3 Euro "bread charge" that had been tacked on, on top of the other 6 Euro in bread charges for no apparent reason, other than perhaps that I told the waiter the bread sucked.