Tuesday, 2 July 2013

A Grand Day Out

Sunday 30th  June

Off to Florence today so we set out to Termini & have coffee and cornetti there. Both are surprisingly delicious , especially the cornetti which is served warm.
Termini has had a bad reputation in the past but it is a lovely modern station & we didn’t feel unsafe at all.

The train is a super sleek Frecciagento which reaches Florence in an hour and a half.


Unlike Termini, Santa Maria Novella station in Florence is shabby & we hurry away from the area as soon as possible!

We head to Piazza Signore & the copy of Michelangelo’s David.

Then find the little side street where Ino is situated. We have our panini’s made up then take them to the Rose Garden to enjoy our picnic lunch with a view.

After lunch we walk higher up to Piazza Michelangelo for yet another view and then stroll down along Oltrano.

We happen to find the ‘Golden Bar’ (so called because it overlooks the bridge of the goldsmiths – Ponte Vecchio) where we  choose a window seat so that we can watch the activity on the river and order glasses of Franciacorta.

Refreshed we continue our exploration of Oltrano which takes us past the Pitti Palace and Santa Spirito and then back over the Ponte Vecchio.

Back to Rome as we have a very special evening planned. We are super splurging on a meal at Aroma restaurant at the Manfredi Hotel (other half's birthday)
It is amazing! Just look at this view

And the food is incredible

 Zucchini Torte with stuffed Zucchini flowers
Roast Suckling Pig

'Freebie' dessert - tasted like a Terry's Chocolate Orange!

Tiramisu like you have never tasted before.

Perfect end to a perfect day. 

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