10 fun things I did in Florence

April 21, 2012

We spent a few days in Florence before heading north to Venice. Florence was gorgeous but somehow very crowed at the time we went. Here are ten random things we did in Florence. Other things included the mandatory gelato tour, a visit to the Galileo museum to satiate the geek in Arjun, a different sandwich everyday at I Fratellini and eating at places our friends and some internet research recommended.

1. Soaked in the view of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo.

Piazzale Michelangelo

2. Tried this chestnut flour cake, Castagnaccio with rosemary and pine nuts.

3. Listened to him play.

4. Ate Trippa at the famous Nebrone with the locals.
Trippa, San Lorenzo

5. Marvelled at the duomo.
Duomo Florence

6. Walked along the river to the postcard-pretty Ponte Vecchio.
Ponte Vecchio, Florence

7. Bought sun-dried tomatoes and three bottles olive oil.
Olive Oil, Florence

8. Cooked a meal for us in our apartment.

9. Spotted the sky blue vespa I’ve always wanted and got infinitely excited. Almost like I’d found my own bike that had been lost.

10. Ate a lot of gelato and then lived to talk about it.


  • Reply Anita Menon April 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    All wonderful things Shaheen. Thank you for taking us through this journey.

  • Reply Helene April 21, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    I hope to visit Italy some day. Beautiful pics!

  • Reply Meghna April 22, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    :-) always interesting to read your blog…I loved photograph no.6 !!!

  • Reply Aysha April 23, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    Hi Shaheen,
    I noticed that the olive oil in the pictures is more of an opaque green, rather than the deep see-through green of the bottles available here in India. Is this made differently?

    • Reply The Purple Foodie April 25, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      It’s mostly because extra virgin olive oil looks like that in the cold. It’s also because sometimes you get unfiltered extra virgin olive oil that has some of the delicious olive residue instead of it being strained away.

  • Reply Sandy April 30, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    I wish to visit Italy someday, nice pictures

  • Reply Chowder Singh May 4, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    Beautiful pictures, PF. Hope to do the Florence gelati tour one day.

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