One of the things I like the best about this tour, is the lectures we get in preparation to go on an outing. The people Road Scholar brings in are passionate about their subject matter, and in turn they get us excited, too.
Our lecturer explained to us the 20 or so pieces she thought would best help us understand the Renaissance and encouraged us to seek them out in the museum. It was almost like a scavenger hunt, and helped turn it into a bit of a game.
There was a marathon being run through the area around the Uffizi building, so it was a bit of a mad house trying to get there.
But once we got in, it was well worth the effort. I’ll post just a few sample photos of the treasures we saw…
From one of the windows of the Uffizi, we saw the Piazza Michelangelo, and remembered someone said there was a killer view from up there and decided to head up and check it out.
But first we needed some sustenance (I think it’s illegal to miss a meal when you’re on vacation!) so we headed to the sandwich shop our guide recommended, but half the planet was already there…couldn’t believe it, the line was out the door and a block down the street! So we decided to wing it and get out of that area and hope we’d find some quieter streets. It’s hard to find a bad meal in Italy, so we felt sure we’d find SOMETHING.
And did we ever. “La Buchetta.” Remember that name for if you ever go to Florence. It’s MUST GO TO restaurant.
We had the best ravioli EVER. And I mean EVER. Although I have to say, you could have put that sauce on just about anything and made it MAGNIFICENT. The chef holds the recipe close to his vest. The waiters claim to not know how he does it, but would only say it takes 4 days to make. All I know is that it has tomatoes, capers, onion, eggplant, garlic, EVOO and chilis, and I’m going to experiment doing it in a crock pot when we get home.
They served it in a foil-wrapped pouch that the waiter opened so we wouldn’t burn ourselves on the steam. Be still my heart. I’m about to hyper-ventilate just thinking about it!
From there we caught a cab to the outlook (couldn’t see waddling all that way when we were in a bit of a time crunch.) And whoever told us it was a good view wasn’t kidding.
I’m not sure how we ended up at Santa Trinita, but let me say how happy I am that we did.
Yes, all by ourselves, we found the best gelato in Florence. Maybe the world. This would be worth moving to Florence for, but only if wanted to to be the star of “My 600# Life.”
From there we
waddled walked to the Galileo Museum. We didn’t have a lot of time, but we had fun looking at what we looked at! Uh oh…just remembered how we found the gelato, and it wasn’t by ourselves. We got to the Galileo Museum and asked the guy working there where to find the best gelato in town, and HE directed us to Santa Trinita (where we went BEFORE we came back to the museum!) Sorry about that Museum, Guy! We owe you a debt of gratitude we’ll NEVER be able to repay. Oh, and I’m blaming you for that last 5 lbs as long as we’re assigning blame giving credit!
From there we met up with our new pals and ducked into an Irish pub (can you believe they have them in Italy?) for ale/cider before heading off to meet the group for dinner. Then back to Santa Trinita for another gelato.
Yeah. I’m embarrassed to say it, but we did.