Florence is known for its art, architecture, and food. And after we finished our laundry, we were ready to eat. Thanks to Elizabeth Minchilli's excellent Eat Florence iPad app, we were guided to Mariano, at Via Parione 19r. Word to the wise: This place is hard to find, but talk about some simple yet amazing sandwiches!
|"Hard to find" is an understatement. It even hides under a fake sign!|
We walked past it the first time. And maybe the second too.
|Holly's on the left--just simple cheese. Mine on the right--parma ham.|
In the center, the house red. Can't remember the varietal, but it
washed the sandwiches down juuust right. And the bread.
So fresh. So good. Mmm.
Thus fortified by lunch, we set out to find the Duomo, the main cathedral in Florence. If you want to learn more about it, I'd really suggest going to read up on it on Wikipedia, or any of the other many websites that can delve deep into the architecture and art of the Duomo. What I'll say is that it's definitely worth going to see, and you should pay to climb to the top. Even better, buy the combo ticket that lets you climb to the top AND go to the Duomo Museum (note that you can get into the Duomo for free, but just can't get to the top).
|The Duomo. Yes, it is pink with green accents.|
|The interior of the dome. Depicting the Last Judgment.|
|One of the many impressive views from the top of the Duomo, |
with Florence at your feet!
|I don't know which came first, this sign, or...|
|This. But I'm sure at this point the sign just encourages|
After the Duomo, our next stop was the Duomo Museum (in Italian, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo). The Duomo has been around a while and has gone through several phases. The Duomo Museum is a repository of some of the art and architectural features of the Duomo that used to grace the cathedral itself but have since been replaced (and in some cases, they literally fell off). Of course, there are other pieces of art in the museum as well. One of the most captivating, at least to me, was the Pieta, by Michelangelo. In terms of emotional impact, it certainly rivalled the Laocoon in the Vatican.
|The Florentine Pieta, showing Christ being taken off the cross.|
Our sightseeing took up the whole afternoon, so by the time we exited the Duomo Museum at closing time, it was conveniently time for dinner! Thanks to a recommendation from a friend in the travel business (hi Josh!), we found our way to La Divina Enoteca, in the mercato di San Lorenzo.
|You can't see the wine, but it was just as delectable|
as the spread on this platter.
We eventually found our way back to our room, just in time for a nap (hey, touring is hard work, especially with several glasses of wine!). The antipasti platter was delicious, but around 9 or 10 pm, we were kind of peckish. We deliberated for a while, and decided to venture out to find a late dinner.
|The River Arno at night.|
That was March 8, 2013 in Florence. Next up? A food and wine tour of the Tuscan countryside. Stay tuned!