7 days in Italy-5-19 to 5/25/2022

Day 1- Florence


Day 2- Florence

Abbey Fiorentina

Piazza della Signoria

Palazzo Vecchio Museum

Lunch at All'antico Vinaio

Santa Maria del Fior Basilica

Boboli Garden

Dinner at Golden View

Day 3- Florence

Basilica San Croce

Ponte Vecchio/Lunch

Discovering Florence

Discovering Florence, cont'd

Dinner at il Santo Bevitore

Florence at night

Day 4-Cinque Terre


Lunch/Quick tour

Church of San Giovanni Battista

Dinner at Dau Cila



Day 5-Manarola/Corniglia



Lunch at Terrarossa

Discovering Corniglia


Dinner at Belforte

Day 6-Monterosso/Vernazza


Monterosso/Old Town

Blue trail hiking

Blue trail continuation

Dinner at Macelleria Trattoria


Day 7- Riomaggiore

Walking tour

Walking tour continuation

Sunset boat tour

Dinner at Dau Cila


Day -8-Train to Milan

Day 1- Arrival in Florence-5/19/2022

We flew from Lisbon to Florence and we arrived around 7:00pm just enough time to check in our Air B&B and rest a bit before it is time for dinner.


Our Air B&B is located in the historic center of Florence and less than 5 minutes from the Cathedral of Florence which you can see the dome in the back ground.


Beautiful view with the sunset.


This is Piazza Dei Ciompi located in the historic center of  Florence.


 I was told that the during the day, the square becomes a flea market.


The square was recently renovated and looks really nice.


Lots of restaurants in this area.


People sitting under the arcade to enjoy their meal or drinks.


Further down a restaurant with few tables out in the street (Pedestrian only). 


This is so fun, people really enjoy just sitting outside with friends over drinks or food.


We passed by this Osteria and it looks nice so we decide to eat here.


View of the neighborhood from our table.



We got a table in the open air.


Table set up.


Front of the menu.


Bread, wine (5 Euros per glass) , and a Negroni (6 Euros) for Hoa.


The weather was perfect for an al fresco dinning.




Cheers to our first evening in Florence.


Assorted roasted vegetables, burrata, Parmesan -9 Euros


Hoa and I we shared this appetizers.



Roasted zucchini, eggplant, tomato, arugula, burrata-Simple but delicious when the ingredients are fresh.


Hoa selected a Garganelli Florentine Ragu with wild boar.  Nothing to add except that it was really good -14.00 Euros


The way the Italian are cooking and eating pasta is a bit different than in the U.S.  They served Al dente meaning the pasta should still have a little resistance when you bit into it.

The texture should be tender but firm and chewy but it is a lot more firm than the way it is served in the U.S.


I ordered a Carbonara with fresh black truffles-18 Euros.


OMG, the smell of the truffles by itself is to die for.


Simple but yet so delicious!  I never had so much truffles in one dish.


We both shared both dishes and we enjoyed every single bite.


Ending our meal with a homemade Tiramisu-5 Euros

  We are so glad we selected this neighborhood restaurant as the food was good, great service and we also enjoyed eating in the open air.

Our whole meal came to 46.20 Euros which is really reasonable considering we had 2 glass of wine, a cocktail, a starter, 2 main dish, and a dessert.


It was dark by the time we are done with our dinner.  Nice view of the bell tower of the Abbey of Fiorentina in the back ground.



NEXT.... Day 2-Abbey Fiorentina, Florence





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