Our Last Day in Florence
Trip Start Oct 05, 2010
17Trip End Oct 20, 2010
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Started out this morning with the Boboli Gardens behind the Palazzo Pitti. The palace sits up on a hill, and you could never imagine (a) that there are any gardens above it looking up from the street, or (b) that the gardens extend so far up beyond the back of the palace. We learned that at the very top was the palace safe house where the family would retreat during the threat of siege. Trish commented that the three of us have attained proficiency at spying photo ops and make sure we wait if she's lagging behind a bit to be sure she gets the shot. We also saw a grotto area behind the palace where the people would retreat in the hot summer to cool off.
After a quick stop back at the flat, we set out for our favorite lunch spot, The Antico Restaurant "Sasso di Dante" or the Stone of Dante. The proprietor, Patrizio (we then had 3 Patrick/Patricias there at the table, Erin's middle name being Patricia), related the story of the location to us. The building housing the restaurant was built in 1290, and at that time Dante used to come to that spot and sit on a bench watching the construction of the cathedral beside the Duomo. He probably did a little writing there, too. Lunch was delicious, but we felt a bit sluggish afterwards and set out for some shopping. The guys soon gave up waiting on us, and we sent them on ahead. Meanwhile, we did some pretty good damage at a leather goods store, a shirt shop (see photos of what we bought).
The last shopping quest was to find a pair of fine Italian loafers for me. Surprisingly, it's not all that easy to find shoe stores here, other than Farragamo, that is. Finally, success at a small shop near the flat. Trish also picked up a super-chic travel tote. Now, here's a story . . . her reasoning was that, Dangit . . . if my luggage is too heavy, I'll need something in which to put the overflow! However, at 330 Euro, she twisted her head on the way out the door and thought . . . Well, come to think of it, it would probably been cheaper to pay the excess baggage fee . . . ya think???
As we sit around the flat packing and trying to be sure we don't leave any full bottles of wine behind, we are opining on each of our favorite parts of this segment of the trip:
Trish: The wine tasting near San Gimignano and the whole day with Giuseppe.
Jay: Watching all of our faces when we would see some of the famous sites here for the first time.
Tad: The duomo at Siena.
And the food votes:
Trish: The wild boar . . . an excellent blend of comfort food and great Italian food (blech . . . I thought it was yucky, but I'm outvoted by everyone else, so I'll just shut my mouth).
Jay: Gnocchi with Garlic and Gorgonzola
Erin: The tomato bruschetta at the winery near San Gimignano..
Tad: The appetizers at lunch yesterday . . . mozzarella and truffles, especially.
We also talked about movies we ought to see to relive the scenery here. If any of you have any to suggest, please do! The ones we thought of:
- Letters to Juliette
- Under the Tuscan Sun
- A Room With a View
- Tea With Mussolini
Our WORST trip memory hands down was the bitchy waiter at Celestina restaurant the very first night of our trip. He was hideously rude, and we shoulda just got up and left.