On Saturday morning we woke up and went straight into…the line for the Duomo (the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore). We debated waiting until another day but decided to stick the line out. We waited over an hour, not horrible. It was cloudy but luckily did not rain.
You climb almost 500 stairs to the top. There is a break to view the top of the Cupola before looking out from it.
The views were stunning from the top.
So we hadn’t had breakfast at this point and it was around 11:00am. I wanted pizza (with slight protest from my husband) and we sought out Trattoria Za Za based on a recommendation. Obviously it wasn’t busy yet so perfect timing.
And, um, they had a full on truffle menu. After starting with some refreshing rosé…
I got a grilled eggplant pizza and we shared a side of truffle fries (obvi).
Tim had a pizza called El Fuego that kindly came with a shot of Tequila. It was 5 o’clock somewhere.
Then had some espressos.
After this we headed to the Mercato Centrale which is foodie heaven. There are stalls upon stalls of all kinds of food. Meat, cheese, olive oil, fruit, veggies, sandwiches. Ahhh. The traditional market is downstairs in the building.
There was soooo much to look at.
The upstairs originally had sat empty for years but in 2014, it was redone with modern mini-restaurants and an Eataly. My 4th Eataly! New York City, Chicago, Munich, and now Florence. It was really busy so we just did a quick tour (and we came back on our last day).
We wandered the markets outside, marveling at all of the leather and other goods for sale.
After this, we went into the actual Cathedral of the Duomo and also saw the crypt.
We then headed over to the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and then into the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. The pharmacy was founded in the 1200s and it feels absolutely grand when you walk inside. They sell all kinds of herbal things from perfumes to food to body lotion to spa treatments.
Then we stumbled upon the tea room which was quite the experience.
We felt so fancy even though we were grubby from touristing all day.
I had a bitter almond tea and Tim had a some kind of fruit tea. We had a blackberry tart and an almond cake. SO GOOD. And chocolates to start.
It was such a pleasant surprise and something different to do.
The sun magically decided to make an appearance so we headed over to Piazzale Michaelangelo. It is a bit of a climb to the top but it has amazing views of the city.
I mean, really.
We were craving some spritzers so we stopped at a cafe on the piazzale.
Now THAT’S living the life.
We weren’t too far off from dinner so we headed back to get ready. Dinner was at Acqua Al 2, also from a recommendation. The atmosphere was more casual compared to the night before but the food was definitely really good!
They gave us bread with bruschetta and a fava bean spread to start (with our bottle of wine, of course). Then, it was the primo piatti and pasta course. I had raviolis with truffle (duh) and Tim had cannelloni.
Next, we had steaks as our main course. Now, these pictures look not so great. I had a blueberry steak and Tim had a balsamic steak. The sauces were absolutely amazing and the steak was so tender and perfectly cooked. I apologize that the pictures look like a pile of…you know what.
We had a very early start the next morning so we head back to our apartment after an amazing meal.