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 2- Florence-5/20/2022

Dinner at Golden View

Golden view restaurant is located on the south bank of the River Arno just east of the Ponte Vecchio witht  sunset views of the Ponte Vecchio (bridge) as dusk falls are indeed golden just like the name of the restaurant.


We are headed to the restaurant via Ponte Vecchio


The entrance of the restaurant.  There is some construction on the facade right now.


As soon as you walked in there is a huge room with a full size piano against the wall.


Bar and hall way leading to the restaurant in the back.


Platting counter.


Hoa's favorite patta negra Jamon


Display of a wooden box with wine on the counter.


Champagne rack


Wine rack along the way.

The owner Tommaso Grasso is a passionate collector of art and wine and his restaurant is reflectiong his passion.


We passed by the main dining room which does not have a view of the River Arno.


Our table is at the end with the best view.


Here is our view of Ponte Vecchio and the river Arno.


Closer look at Ponte Vecchio


Table set up.


The menu


Primi course menu


Secondi course menu


Check out their wine list-they have Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2000 (Magnum bottle) for 10,000 Euros


Colorful flower arrangement on our table.


Hoa discovered Negroni and so far this one is the best of them all.


We definitely have the best table in the house.

The view is fantastic!



Assortment of bread.


Olive oil and bread, so simple but yet so good!


We shared the Suckling pig terrine with fennel confit and potato mousse with crunchy pistachio.


The suckling pig was tender and just melted in our mouth, so flavorful!




It is so nice to dine with a great view.


Hoa ordered a very good local red wine.


For the main dish I ordered a Linguine with clams and mullet bottargo from Cabras.


The linguine was al dente, the sauce was bright, a bit garlicky, and the sweet clams make this dish so yummy.  The bottarga added a hint of fishiness (like uni or caviar) and saltiness' that definitely elevated the dish.


Hoa ordered Moulard duck breast served with buttered beets and potatoes sfogliatelle.


The breast duck was cooked to our linking, the sauce is delicious and the portion was very generous.


For dessert we ordered a trio of Gelato with hazelnut and chocolate shavings.


Excellent gelato.


 it was getting dark by the time we were done with our meal,


Ponte Vecchio at night.


Our meal is over and we are now leaving the restaurant.


I love this restaurant and if you are ever in Florence make sure to reserve a table a head of time and ask for the table with a view.

Great Italian food, service is exceptions and the view is a real big bonus to great dinning experience.


NEXT.... Day 3-Florence-Basilca of Santa Croce





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