We left Venice on the train to Florence. We had our first class train reservations, and they didn’t disappoint. Probably the best train we have been on, and included complimentary coffee and snack.
We arrived in Florence and had a short walk to our hotel. Our room was ready, so we squished into the tiny elevator (the two of us with luggage barely squeezed in) and went up to our third floor room. We dumped out bags, and then headed out to the Uffizi museum.
We got through the first half of the museum and it was already close to 4pm, so we stopped in the museum cafe for lunch, having chicken focaccias. Poor Ulick, it’s so hard to focus on museum exhibits when your stomach thinks your throat has been cut!
We saw many amazing pieces of work from Botticelli and Caravaggio, as well as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo. Not sure why Donatello didn’t have any work on display.
Seriously though, it was amazing to stand in front of some of these masterpieces, and next time I want to devote more time to Florence, not just for the art, but also the food.
For dinner that evening, we went to the restaurant (Braceria Bisteccheria Ristorante) next door to our hotel and dined upon a Tuscan menu, including bruschetta to start. Our mains included Tagliata di Chianina con funghi porcini trifolati for me (steak with mushrooms) and beef in red wine sauce for Ulick, with a side of baked potatoes. We also had dessert of lemon sorbet and tiramisu. It was a yummy meal.