Good bye Rome - Hello Florence!

Trip Start Jun 02, 2013
Trip End Jun 29, 2013

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Saturday, June 8, 2013

It's moving day for the Bifaro clan and Florence is our destination.  We finish packing, have a little breakfast on the terrace again, and then cram whatever or whoever will fit into our sardine can of an elevator.  It is barely big enough for 2 people and 2 pieces of luggage.  So we have to make a couple of trips.  We have already called for a taxi to get us to the train station, but it's nowhere in sight.  So Ron does his best to try to hail a cab.  Finally - success and off we go to Termini Station.

We opt for the 1st class car since it doesn't cost that much higher than 2nd class.  It is very comfortable and quickly we are on our way.  It takes us about 1.5 hours to make the journey to Florence.  Our arrival at Santa Maria Novella Station is right on time.  Getting a cab here is not a problem and we're at our apartment in a matter of minutes.  Our apartment is in the quiet neighborhood of Santa Croce to the east of city center.  Like all of the old city, most vehicles are prohibited from this area (only taxis, emergency vehicles, small electric buses, and delivery trucks are allowed).

Our hosts, Cesare and David, have arranged for someone to meet us at the apartment and help with the bags.  It's a good thing because there is no elevator and there are 6, yes count 'em, 6 flights of stairs to negotiate.  The climb is worth it though because the apartment is very clean, spacious, quiet, well appointed, and comfortable.  We unpack and settle in for a bit.  Then it's off for a walk to show Kaylan a few of the landmark spots we enjoyed during our last trip here.  Strangely enough, one of those places was a gelato shop called Perche No! (which means "Why Not!" in Italian).  And since we're here - why not...

We then head back to the apartment, climb the stairs (this is going to be a challenge!), and contact our hosts for a quick introduction to the apartment and the neighborhood.  Our hosts live in the Tuscan countryside near the hill town of Cortona where they also have another rental property where we'll be staying next week.  We ask for restaurant recommendations and are directed to a small trattoria a couple of doors up the street.  Accadi is the name of the restaurant and it surpassed our expectations by a wide margin!  The food, service, and value was outstanding.  The pictures don't begin to tell the story.  But just take a look and drool anyway!  We dined on multiple courses and each was better than the last.  The food looks somewhat plain and unpretentious, but the quality and taste are wonderful.  At the end of the meal our waiter treated us to limoncello, sambucca, and espresso.  This was a great meal!  How are we supposed to climb these stairs in this condition? Oh well...
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Carol Case on

I love traveling vicariously with you guys! I love the detail you put in your posts. I feel as though I am right there with you. Thanks so much for sharing your journey!!

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