Day 194: Florence

Ah, Florence.

Our morning started off with a visit to the Accademia Gallery, where the main attraction was Michelangelo’s David. Even at 8 a.m., crowds of people were lining up waiting for the museum to open. We got in just in time to avoid the masses that would soon crowd the base of the masterpiece that is David.

The Rape of the Sabine Women
The Rape of the Sabine Women
Stradivarius violin
Stradivarius violin!
Uffizi museum
Passing by the massive Uffizi museum.
Ponte Vecchio
Complete coincidence that my outfit matches the bridge.

The rest of the morning, we enjoyed a walking tour throughout the city of Florence.

Basilica of Santa Croce
Basilica of Santa Croce

I tried delectable eggplant pizza with a ricotta-stuffed crust for dinner, followed by what “Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus says in his book … is the best” gelato, according to Bravo TV’s Foursquare review.

Finisterrae at Piazza Santa Croce
Finisterrae’s popular ricotta-stuffed crust pizza!

Doing the research for blogging can be great—I just discovered that the gelateria opened its first store outside Florence in NYC last year. Time to make another visit to NYC? 🙂

Funny story: I tried a sample of its cream puff gelato after seeing the employee take a sample herself. The gelato was light, fluffy, and just heavenly. I was in the mood for chocolate, though, so I wanted to sample a chocolate chip one, too. Her response? “Lady, only one sample per person.” LOL. No surprise that the chocolate chip gelato I ended up getting was just as heavenly as you would expect. Only downside? No cones were in sight, just cups.