Florence

by ann

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Lodging
Locanda Dei Poeti
Piazza Liberta 4
Via Guelfa, 74, 50129
Contact: Irene, Martina
Email: locandadeipoeti.firenze@gmail.com

For 110 euros a night, we got a double bed and an extra bed. No breakfast was included; however, a kitchen was available for your use. The room was large, modern and clean. The B&B was also conveniently located near the train station.

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_20140708.Firenze.6View from our room

Our Schedule
Duomo*
Accademia*
Ponte Vecchichio

* Tickets purchased beforehand

Note: Accademia and Duomo are closed on Monday. Like in Rome and Florence, buy attraction tickets ahead of time.

Things We Did Not See:
Uffizi Gallery- If you do decide to go, you should head there early in the morning because the gallery is huge.

Gelato
Gelateria Santa Trinita
Piazza Frescobaldi, 11, 12/R (Ponte S. Trinita)

Our favorite gelato of the trip! We had the cookies and sesame gelato and both were delicious.

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Drinks
La Milkeria

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Adorable décor, here we learned that latte is just steamed milk while café latte is our typical latte in America.

Shopping

Many of the small shops were underground like this. These seemed to be primarily shoe shops that displayed their wares outdoors but required you to go downstairs to try things on.
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Restaurant Review
Trattoria Pallottino
Via Isola delle Stinche, 1/r

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We came here for lunch and loved it. We had the cheese souffle (pictured) among other things.

Restaurant Review
Fiaschetteria Cambi
Via S. Onofrio, 1/1R, Firenze

For dinner a Florentine steak was a must. We also tried lamprodetto, a typical Florentine dish made from the fourth and final stomach of a cow. As an Asian person, the texture was not particularly unusual. The meal was very rich and it was an interesting experience but not my favorite meal.

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Florentine steak

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(Left) Fried rabbit (Right) Lamprodetto

Florence to Pisa to Cinque Terre

We went from Firenze SMN to Pisa Centrale using the Trenitalia regional train, purchasing the ticket the day of because the tickets were not posted earlier.

In Pisa, we left our luggage at the luggage office, or deposito bagagli. We followed signs for Exit Piazza Stazione/ Platform 1. To hold onto our bags, it was 4 euros per bag. The luggage office was open from 6 AM-9 PM.

If you want to climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you must book tickets in advance to avoid the line.

After going to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, we purchased tickets from Pisa Centrale to La Spezia Centrale. Then we changed to an intercity train to go to Vernazza, one of the five cities in Cinque Terre.

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