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Pasta, pizza e gelato

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Pasta, pizza e gelato

Although the photos above don’t portray any pasta, pizza e gelato, those were the things I had in my mind when I was flying to Florence. I didn’t want to take photos of my meals because I simply wanted to enjoy them and not photograph them.

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The photos in this blog post pay a tribute to the beautiful dawn at Duomo and to the magical sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo. Both places are not to be missed.

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Food in Italy is like nowhere else. And since I haven’t been to the Bel Paese for the last two years, I kinda missed it and I totally ignored the calorie count, and the fact that I want to lose 5 kilos. Diet can wait, I thought. It wasn’t that urgent anyways!

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This is my last blog post from Florence. After Florence, I spent a few days in Vienna and later on, I embarked on a plane to Napoli for a new adventure by the Amalfi coast.

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Florence travel tips and photos
 

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Stay tuned for more postcards from Bella Italia. It felt like this August was dedicated to a culinary journey to Italy. Pasta, pizza e gelato, in other words, the trilogy of happiness!

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A guide to Florence

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A guide to Florence

In Florence, we woke up very early to take photos and watch the sunrise from Ponte Vecchio. Waking up at 05.00 is not exactly my thing, but the views and serenity of the city rewarded us and made us think to repeat the same thing again the following day.

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The rest of the day went like this: First, breakfast at our boutique hotel and then a little rest. Right after that, I was heading to the panetteria which was next to our hotel, Firenze Number Nine, for my all time favorite “panino con prosciutto e mozzarella”. Some habits never change when in Italy!

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ponte Vecchio
 

Later on, in order to beat the heat and quench our thirst, we were sipping iced cappuccino with chocolate at the terrace of the historical Caffè Gilli while watching people passing by.

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A guide to Florence

Long strolls and sightseeing during the day were accompanied by gelato or a piece of pizza in the shape of heart from the pizzeria Gusta pizza. At the end of the day we always ended up in this bar, called La terrazza lounge bar, our favourite place for aperitivo with spectacular views over the city of Florence.

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Where to eat in Florence

For dinner we were heading to some trattoria that was recommended by our Italian friends. Check out Trattoria Sostanza, Alla vecchia Bettola, and Il santo bevitore.

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A little before we go back to our boutique hotel we treated ourselves to a midnight gelato from Gelateria La Carraia.This is my Florence.

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Firenze Number Nine

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Firenze Number Nine

I spent the last days of July with my friend in the wellness hotel, Firenze Number Nine, in the heart of Florence.

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Where to stay in Florence. Boutique hotel review
 

On The Viennese Girl blog, I am happy to feature all the beautiful hotels where I have had the good fortune to stay at and hope that you can use the information from my posts as useful tip when you are looking for accommodations.

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Where to stay in Florence. Boutique hotel review
 

There were several things that I loved about this boutique wellness hotel, such as: the young and enthusiastic staff, the breakfast in the garden, the smell once you enter the hotel, the location of the hotel, our gorgeous maisonette, and the view from the big windows, to name just a few.

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Where to stay in Florence. Boutique hotel review
 

I remember how quickly and easily I adapted Florence, as if I have been living there forever. Our boutique hotel, Firenze Number Nine, was our home, our starting point for our little adventures around Florence.

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Where to stay in Florence. Boutique hotel review

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It felt like “we really want to be here” and “this is the place to be right now”. On the last day, we also tried out the hotel’s spa department. We chose to treat our bodies with a relaxing massage that lasted about one hour.

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It felt so good having such a treatment, especially after a few days of taking photos and walking around the city, non-stop. Sadly though, after the full body massage, it was time for us to check out.. Can’t wait to go back!

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Once upon a time in Florence

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Once upon a time in Florence

I have been traveling a lot the last few weeks. I actually have been purposely looking for opportunities to travel during the summer because if not in the summer, then when? My first summer trip was to Greece, then to France, and now Italy.

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While traveling, I like to try out new things and do things that others might not do or try things that I have not experienced before. For instance, we woke up at 05:00, dressed up and ventured out to see the morning magical light hit the empty streets.

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Although my eyes usually hurt, and I have a little headache caused by the early wake up, we truly enjoyed the early morning calm during this visit to Florence. In the early morning, it felt like the city was “ours”.

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Luckily, our hotel Firenze Number Nine was centrally located, just a few steps from Florence’s cathedral and Ponte vecchio. This meant we didn’t have to go far to reach the main attractions.

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Firenze photos - The Viennese Girl blog

The morning we took the photos above, the guy at the reception was staring at us while we were stepping out of the hotel. I am sure he was wondering what two girls, dressed up like this, were doing at 05.30 in the morning!

There was another Italian who asked us who was the bride. There was no bride, and no wedding. Just me and Edisa, once upon a time in Florence.

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Firenze photos - The Viennese Girl blog
 

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