Our next great adventure was the lovely city of Florence. My dad and brother spent the day visiting car factories, so my mom and I had the day to ourselves. We caught a morning train into the city and soon began exploring the bustling streets. There were a tad too many tourists for our taste, but we still greatly enjoyed our time. Our favorite attraction was the Central Market. It was an indoor market filled to the brim with vendors, and they had every type of food you could imagine from pasta, to cheese, to nuts and dried fruit, to fresh fruit and vegetables, to breads, pastries, and biscotti, to olive oil, to every cut of meat you could imagine (clearly just for me), and everything in between. There were also a good amount of samples, my favorite being an exquisite truffle paste. Truffles are very popular in Italy and for a good reason!
You're probably wondering what we dined on while in this gorgeous city. Well, we ate at a little ristorante on a quiet side street.
Speaking of Rome, that was our next destination! Our first night there we didn't have anything scheduled so we wandered around the city and ended up visiting Castle Sant'Angelo.
There was an amazing view of the surrounding city from the top of the castle, and we even caught or first views of the Vatican!
Since dinner was, well, kind of a bust, we decided we must end the night on a good note. Of course, that meant getting our daily dose of gelato! This time I got cherry (though I thought I had ordered almond - guess I can't read Italian very well!) and soy chocolate (again, I thought I was ordering regular chocolate…). The cherry was okay, but the soy chocolate tasted like a fudge brownie! Maybe it's a good thing that I can't read Italian. ;)
Is there a meal that you remember very vividly, though perhaps not for the reason you would hope?