(Read Part 1: Rome post here).
So our next trip was to Florence.
We took a train from Rome, and the journey took about an hour+. It was almost 6pm when we arrived Florence and most shops were closed, so no shopping that day. We spent the rest of the day checking out the city.
Being in Florence is like stepping back in time. Compared to Rome, I would say Florence is more picturesque and full of arts (and not as busy as Rome). I love it! Glad we spent the longest time here (5 days). There were sculptures and architectures everywhere; it was so beautiful.
Some even say that Florence is like an “open air museum”. I couldn’t agree more.
I cannot imagine if we brought our girls here. They would probably say, “Eee malu la!” when they see the nude men sculptures and then they would probably ask, “What is that?” at you-know-what. Haha.
We also had this cannoli. Was supposed to wait 2 minutes before eating it, but I took a bite right away. Well I didn’t know! Isn’t the filling supposed to be soft and creamy? This one is like frozen cream. Brain freeze kejap.
Hubby and I just love to feast our eyes at all the pizzerias and gelaterias that we found bersepah along the streets. One thing I like about Italy is that their pizzas and pastas are mostly vegetarian. They sure love their tomatoes and cheese!
Had lunch at this fancy place, Caffe Gilli. I had been wanting to eat ravioli ever since we first arrived in Italy and finally found one! Their spinach and cheese ravioli was delicious (hubby had risotto, which was also yummy).
The Italian Wheels. You can rent a vespa or Fiat 500 for a guided group tour through the Tuscan countryside. If we weren’t on a personal shopper mission here, we would have definitely joined this tour!
San Lorenzo market. Was fun walking through the market. There were shops selling souvenirs, scarves, leather bags, jackets and belts all Italian-made. I even bought a few Pucci inspired silk scarves here.
Oh hey, there’s Salvatore Ferragamo Museum! (the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this was… Damon Salvatore! Heee)
There were soooo many gelato flavours to choose from – I think about 30 flavours! Rambang mata aku. They have unique flavours like chocolate pistachio chili, ricotta cheese and strawberry pie that tasted like real pie.
My husband and BIL tried his “unbelievable coffees” – Esmerelda Geisha and Nekisse (such pretty names for coffee!) and explained to us about the origin, how to drink it (you are not supposed to drink it with sugar and milk to heighten the taste) and how to make it. I even recorded a video of how he made the coffees and shared it on my Instagram. I’m not a fan of coffee but this was surely interesting!
There are a few designer outlets in Florence, but my sister said the best is The Mall.
We also took a taxi to Prada Space outlet, which is located about 30 minutes from The Mall. It’s kind of like a factory (I think?) so imagine how big the place is! Of course it also mean more selections for Prada and Miu Miu bags, shoes, shirts, sunnies and other accessories.
Right after dinner, we went to Gelateria dei Neri again for our last gelato in Florence. My sister and BIL even said that was the best gelato they’ve ever tasted. I’ve lost count how many times we had gelato in Florence alone. Must be… 12 times, I think? Haha. We just had to have at least 2 gelato every day. Bak kata suami, “bila lagi nak makan?”. LOL
And that’s the end of our stay in Florence.
Stay tuned for the last part of our Europe trip!