Like rats, we scurried from one shadow to the next. It was so hot, I lost my appetite. 98 degrees and no breeze down in the valley. Today in the frenzy of Firenze, we visited:
The Medici chapels at the Basilica of San Lorenzo. The "room" that we first walked into was a wow! moment. The mausoleum filled the space under the San Lorenzo dome and made of marble with the purpose of celebrating those Medicis. The next room was the main tourist draw - Michaelangelo's sculptures of the four times of day: Night and Day and Dusk and Dawn (for Guiliano and Lorenzo Medicis, respectively). I refer to them as the women with the googli-eyed boobs.
Baptistery: we sat and stared at the ceiling for a while:
Palazzo Vecchio - the most interesting was the grand hall. Otherwise I just had heat stroke and tumbled down a couple of steps.
Gelato for lunch. I got mente and limone, Matthew passion fruit.
At 3 we met up for our Urban Adventures Food tour. Lu-haas (Lucas) was our guide. Being from Florence, he does not pronounce the c's. Saying "hohla-hola" (coca-cola) was a hit.
We made 5 stops:
1. crema-café in a cafe
2. prosecco and black truffle mini-sandwich
3. olive oil tasting, where we bought an ceramic olive oil cup and a washable brown paper bag for bread (hand wash only)
4. chianti, in plastic dixie cups, crazy-delicious crostini, Toscana pecorino and prosciutto and olives.
5. gelato (stop #2) I had mint/basil and pistachio, M had strawberry and limone.
It was The Best Dinner of the Trip. so far.
Antico di Cambi was just over the Altrarno and a recommendation from M's co-worker. Originally called Fiaschetteria cambi - a bar with cured meat snacks until 1985.
Oggi si mangia:
Prosciutto crudo e melone
Pappardelle al pomodoro fresco e mozzarella di bufala
Bocconcini di pollo al limone
Tagliata di bisteca agli aromi mediterranei e rucola
Costello di Bossi chianti classico
Grappa e limoncello
I earned my blisters today!
Italian words of the day:
fichi - figs
pesca - at the gelateria I saw this flavor. I thought, "ewe, fish." nope, it's peach. pesce is fish