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Where to go on a weekend in Florence, Italy

July 25, 2017

Florence is a romantic, charming city which is full of incredible architecture, history and art. The Tuscan cuisine is incredible spend your time here feasting on Florentine steak, pizza and gelato.

Florence Attractions

Piazza del Duomo

Duomo Florence - Enjoy the AdventureOne of Florence’s most beautiful and famous site. You can enter free of charge and once inside check out the array of marble work and be sure to look up to see the decorative ceiling.

Open – Weekdays 10-5pm, Saturdays 10-4.45pm Sundays 1.30 – 4.45

Ceiling Duomo Florence - Enjoy the Adventure

Ceiling in Duomo

Ponte Vecchio

Bridge Florence - Enjoy the AdventureThe Ponte Vecchio, translated as old bridge, is a medieval stone arch bridge over the Arno river, it’s lined with plenty of jewellery shops so is a great place to treat your other half to a gift. Go in the evening to watch the sunset whilst listening to the street musicians.

Piazza Della Signoria

Piazza Della Signoria - Enjoy the AdventureMake sure you visit this square to admire the many sculptures, at night the area is lively with musicians and restaurants.

Garden of Cascine

Garden of Cascine - Enjoy the AdventureWe stumbled upon this beautiful garden whilst on our way to the viewpoint of Piazzale Michelangelo. Entry is free and you can spend the afternoon strolling around the beautiful flower gardens.

Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo - Enjoy the AdventureThis is the best place to come to take in panoramic views of the city, make sure to visit at sunset to see the city transformed. There is a restaurant where you can enjoy a few glasses of wine whilst taking in the amazing view.

Piazzale Michelangelo statue - Enjoy the adventureSan Miniato al Monte

San Miniato al Monte - Enjoy the AdventureThis 11th century church is a short walk from the viewpoint at Piazzale Michelangelo.

Open Weekdays 9.30-1pm & 3-7pm, Sundays 8.15-7pm

Piazza della Repubblica

Piazza della Republica - Enjoy the AdventureThis square always has something going on such as musicians, children chasing bubbles and the carousel spinning round. Sit down and relax with a coffee as you soak up the atmosphere.

Leonardo da Vinci Museum

Museum - Enjoy the AdventureThis is a small interactive museum where you can see and try out some of Leonardo’s inventions.

Open Daily 10-7pm Entrance – €7

Food

Gelateria dei neri – The best ice cream parlour we went to in Florence, from salted caramel, pistachio to fresh and fruity flavours, it can be hard to choose from the vast selection. This place can get quite busy but it’s well worth the wait!

Gusta Pizza – This restaurant has a small selection of amazing pizzas! It gets super busy so can be hard to get a table and you may have to share your table with others, if it’s too busy you can get a takeaway. Prices here are very reasonable, once you order you get a token with a number on and wait for it to be called out to collect your pizza. A lovely gimmick here is that people have written on the tokens and placed them under the glass tables to celebrate their time at this fantastic pizzeria.

Gusta Pizza Florence - Enjoy the Adventure

Weekend Guide to Florence - Enjoy the Adventure

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Italian Food Adventure & Competition

January 23, 2017

I was super excited to take part in the #ItalianFoodAdventure campaign with Inntravel. Inntravel have just launched a new holiday to Italy which covers walking, cycling and journeys in slow motion. One of the new holidays is called The Italian food adventure which is a self guided tour through the Emilia Romagna region. Visiting the beautiful cities of Parma, Modena and Bologna with an optional finale in Venice. This region is the birth place to some foodie faves such as Parmesan cheese, Prosciutto di Parma, & balsamic vinegar. For the new launch I received an Italian food hamper so I could have my very own Italian Food adventure at home. You guys also have the opportunity to win a hamper too and embark on your own Italian Food Adventure!

The hamper consists of regionally sourced produce from Emilia Romagna. Including Balsamic vinegar,  Piadina Romagnola, Prosciutto Riserva (Parma ham), Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan Cheese), Tortelloni Ricotta & Spinach, Marrons Glaces, Mutti Tomato Puree and a Cocoa Cake Mix and Lambrusco Rosso.

I absolutely loved being able to have a taste of Italy at home. Italian food is my favourite you can’t go wrong with pasta or pizza.

Everything was super easy to make I just had to cook the tortellini for a few minutes in boiling water. I then sprinkled this with olive oil and black pepper. For the pizzas I added the tomato puree on the tortillas added grated parmesan cheese and parma ham. I also made a side salad with cucumber, peppers and red onion. I added the balsamic vinegar to the salad which really enhanced the flavour!

The cake was really simple to make I added the mixture to 3 eggs, butter and some milk, whisked this together into a batter then placed in a greased baking dish. Once cooked I sprinkled with icing sugar. You could add all sorts of toppings such as cherries or a chocolate sauce. The cake and Marrons glaces where the perfect sweet treat after the main course. The Marrons glaces are chesnuts candied in sugar syrup coated with a thin layer of chocolate. All the dishes were very tasty and I would make them again.

Creating these dishes reminded me how lovely Italy and made me want to book another trip there. The holiday with Inntravel appeals to me as I love the idea of slow travel. In the past I have tended to skip from one place to another trying to go to as many places as possible. I really like the idea of taking my time in an area and exploring. Going on a food adventure and trying loads of local cuisine. I love trying out foods in each country I visit and trying to recreate them when I go home. Make sure you enter the competition below so you have a chance to create your own Italian feast!

Here is a link to the holiday with Inntravel

https://www.inntravel.co.uk/holidays/Journeys/Italy/Emilia-Romagna/Italian-Food-Adventure

Enter the competition to win an Italian food hamper including:

  • Piadina Romagnola
  • Prosciutto Riserva
  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Tortelloni Ricotta & Spinach
  • Marrons glaces
  • Mutti Tomato Puree
  • Balsamic Vinegar from Modena
  • Cocoa Cake Mix
  • Lambrusco Rosso

Competition is open to UK residents aged 18+

All you need to do is enter your name and email and complete one of the options. One option is to visit the Inntravel Facebook page then come back to this page and click visited and your done. If you complete more entries you have a higher chance of winning!

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Have you been to the Emilia Romagna region or do you want to go there?

*This post is in collaboration with Inntravel*

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Things to do in Milan, Italy

September 18, 2016

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If you’re into shopping then I would recommend Milan its the global capital of fashion and design. Milan is also ideal if you fancy splurging or going on a romantic getaway as it has many high end shops and restaurants. Here are some things to do in Milan.

Milan Cathedral

Visit the iconic Duomo Di Milano cathedral. Be aware it does get busy and there are big queues outside. There are lot of tourists taking photos outside the cathedral and there is a ridiculous amount of pigeons as well haha.

Galleria vittorio emanuele

This shopping centre is right next to the Cathedral and has a mix of high end shops and restaurants. It is well worth a visit for the beautiful ceilings and patterns.

milan-italy-shoppingNavigli District Canals

Great place to go at night full of people in bars and restaurants. The Italians have an apertivo also known as happy hour. This is pre drinner drinking, with the purchase of a drink you get to have some nibbles from a buffet. I think this is an amazing idea and Milan is a great place to have an Aperol spritz and enjoy the view of the canal.

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Accomodation

Ostello Bello Medici Hostel 

This is one the of best hostels I’ve ever stayed in. I arrived at night around 10pm and was pretty hungry and feeling tired from travelling. The receptionist was super friendly asked me if I was hungry and bought me a bowl of pasta and some wine. I had such a friendly welcome and this hostel has such a great atmosphere.

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Ostello Bello photo from Hostelworld

Hostel info

  • Free breakfast and dinner! Breakfast consists of cereals, toast, eggs, juice and tea. Dinner is a buffet style with bread, salad and pasta
  • Free welcome drink on arrival
  • Bar downstairs
  • Good for solo travellers as people are friendly and the dining area is a good place to meet people at dinner or after for drinks
  • Guitar and piano for guests to use also had bands and enterainment in evenings
  • Free wifi
  • 24hr reception
  • Open air terrace with hammocks
  • Free towels – always useful as a backpacker
  • Good location near shops

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