stay hungry, stay foolish.  - steve jobs

stay hungry, stay foolish.

- steve jobs

tuscany & cinque terre

tuscany & cinque terre

Where to eat in Florence: 

La Giostra: Classic menu, romantic vibes, good for a date or even dinner with parents

Vini e Vecchi Sapori: charming and tiny, serving traditional tuscan food. You definitely need to make a reservation

La Menagere: very instagrammable restaurant adorned with flowers and shabby chic decor, you can dine here or grab a quick coffee (which is what I did)

Osteria Il Gatto E la Volpe: casual spot for pizza and pasta, one of the few restaurants that still serves penne a la vodka, I will never forget their salmon pink walls!

Mercato Centrale Firenze: stopped here right when I got off the train, it's an indoor food hall with various vendors, had the most unbelievable bread and sandwiches

Pino's Salumeria Verdi: best paninis, recommended to me by so many people

What to see and do in Florence: 

Piazzale Michelangelo: for the best view in Florence

Piazza del Duomo: the third largest cathedral in the world

Ponte Vecchio: this is the most ancient and photographed bridge in Florence

Gucci Garden: It's a combination of a restaurant, museum, and shop in the historic Palazzo della Mercanzia

Uffizi Galleries: known for housing one of the greatest collections of Italian Renaissance art

Westin hotel rooftop: perfect for apperitivo & sunset views

Day trip to Tuscan countryside via Walks of Italy: vineyard tour and tasting at Sant Appiano in Chianti, then walked around the medieval towns of San Gimignano and Siena. If I could go back I would have made this trip all about the vineyards

Day trip to Cinque Terre: I was limited on time so I only went to Manarola via train (there are four other towns), walked up the cliff to the most amazing restaurant called Nessum Dorma for wine and bruschetta. If you want to go to the other towns it is super easy, the trains come in quite frequently and only take 5-10 minutes

 Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo

 Piazza del Duomo

Piazza del Duomo

 Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Palazzo Medici Riccardi

 Gucci Garden

Gucci Garden

 Westin Hotel Rooftop

Westin Hotel Rooftop

 Penne a la Vodka @ Osteria Il Gatto E la Volpe

Penne a la Vodka @ Osteria Il Gatto E la Volpe

 Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

 Le Menagere

Le Menagere

 La Giostra

La Giostra

 Friends @ La Giostra

Friends @ La Giostra

 Rigatoni @ La Giostra

Rigatoni @ La Giostra

 Principe Saldano, owner of La Giostra

Principe Saldano, owner of La Giostra

 Sant Appiano farm & vineyard in Chianti

Sant Appiano farm & vineyard in Chianti

 Sant Appiano wine cellar

Sant Appiano wine cellar

 San Gimignano

San Gimignano

 Duomo di Santa Maria in Siena

Duomo di Santa Maria in Siena

 Hills of Siena

Hills of Siena

 Mercato Centrale

Mercato Centrale

 Vini e Vecchi Sappori

Vini e Vecchi Sappori

 Egglant Spaghetti @ Vini e Vecchi Sappori

Egglant Spaghetti @ Vini e Vecchi Sappori

 Manarola - Cinque Terre

Manarola - Cinque Terre

 Nessun Dorma Cinque Terre

Nessun Dorma Cinque Terre

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