Eat • Sightsee • Eat • Repeat
One of the greatest things about traveling is trying out all of the local foods! Finisterrae is my sister's favorite breakfast place in Florence, home to her beloved Pistachio croissant. Watching her eat that croissant made me believe that miracles do come true. She had waited two years to be reunited with her true love.♡ I prefer the cream puffs myself, but whatever floats your boat.
Right across from the pastry shop was the Santa Croce Cathedral. It was breathtaking with high ceilings, stained glass windows, and the tombs of Michelangelo, Dante, and Galileo.
In addition to all of the historical sights, Florence also has interesting shops. Florence is known for it's large leather market, which is where I found my mini backpack that I carried for the rest of the trip.
With all of the pizza and pasta in Italy, it is easy to forget about the other delicacies. My sister ordered prosciutto and melon and I ordered caprese salad for lunch.
One of my favorite shops was the perfume store called Aqua Flor. All sorts of handmade fragrances wafted through the air..
Patrizia Pepe store was exceptional on the Piazza del Duomo. This Italian designer brand had a huge sale on shoes when I was there so of course I had to take advantage of the opportunity! (Click the link to see what I got!)
Now there are gelato shops left and right in Italy, so here is a little secret I learned to get the best gelato. If the height of the gelato in the serving container is piled up really high and doesn't melt, then it isn't good quality. This is because it is rich in vegetable fats and emulsifiers. You want to go for the gelato that is covered by a lid or at least further down in the serving container. Our tour guide let us in on this helpful tip.
Dinner at Trattoria Za' Za' was a perfect finale dinner to Florence. They have lobster, spaghetti, fish, you name it.
It started to get stormy in the evening, but thankfully didn't rain on us during our boat tour. We even got to see a rainbow!