If I had to plan another trip to Italy or if I had to do it all over again, I would have skipped Florence. How many of you completely disagree with me? I know, I am completely going against the norm, but I like Venice more than I like Florence. Here’s why. Venice is cute and different. Florence….oh my God, I felt like I was back in college hanging out between classes at Cafe Strada. Florence is over-run with tourists and students studying abroad. Every other person on the street spoke English. American English as in they just got off their flights and headed straight to the Florence museums. I read a statistic in my book that there are 7 tourists for every 1 Florentine and that does not count the tourists who only come for the day! For me, it simply wasn’t authentic Italy.
I did not realize that it’s also mosquito season. On our first night, I got a bite on my knuckle that swelled up so badly that I got an allergic reaction with a rash that spread down past my elbow. Right now, I’m suffering from two twin mosquito bites on each thigh. They have not gone away. My knees feel like they’re running fevers. That’s how allergic I am to those damn suckers!
But our best meal thus far was at Acqua Al Due in Florence so I shouldn’t complain too much. That is the only restaurant out of all the meals we’ve had that offered a salad. Hallelujah for something other than pasta!
While the food isn’t my favorite, the desserts are to die for! Gelato every night! And check out the dessert sampler from Acqua Al Due.
Pics from Florence.