View from Se-Sto at The Westin Excelsior
Se-Sto at The Westin Excelsior
More Arno river views
Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower
Painted ceilings at the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower
David, by Michelangelo
Butter Chicken at Trattoria Sostanza
Artichoke Omelet at Trattoria Sostanza
Cake at Trattoria Sostanza
Panini at All'Antico Vinaio
The beautiful Westin Excelsior, Florence! Post is here.
Westin Excelsior, 6th Floor, Piazza Ognissanti
The views at Se-Sto are pretty unbelievable... Take full advantage. The cocktails are pricey but strong, and include a buffet of appetizers. Not a bad deal!
Via del Porcellana, 25/R, 50123 Firenze, Italy
Just thinking about this meal has me salivating... The butter chicken is simply out-of-this-world. The server told me that it's prepared by adding flour and egg to the chicken, waiting until butter is browned in a pan, then placing the chicken breasts in. I may try that one of these days. The Florentine steak is great too, and the artichoke omelet is a stand out. Make sure to finish with a piece of house-made meringue, chocolate cream, strawberry cake. All the right textures combined with a perfect sweetness.
Via de'Neri 65/R, 50122 Firenze, Italy
An easy lunch place with made-to-order sandwiches for 5 euros each. Unfortunately I found the bread to be way too crunchy. I had to take off the top half and just try to eat the fillings. The black truffle spread should not be missed!
Via dell'Isola delle Stinche 7/R, 50122 Firenze, Italy
Truly the best gelato, and I really did try a lot on this trip! The rice flavor is amazing.
We also tried Buca Lapi for their famous florentine steak, but were very disappointed by how chewy the meat was. It's also more expensive than Trattoria Sostanza. If we'd known earlier, we would've skipped Buca Lapi and gone to Trattoria Sostanza twice!
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower
The main church of Florence, and one you can spot from almost any viewpoint in the city. It's especially beautiful when lit up at night.
Home of the stunning 16th century marble statue of David by Michelangelo. Make sure to get in line right when the museum opens, otherwise the lines snake around the streets and go on for what seems like forever.
A museum where the Birth of Venus is kept. Again, long, long lines. We didn't even make it here, but it's on my list for next time!
A viewpoint on a hill that offers panoramic views of the Arno river. Unfortunately the morning we planned to get up really early to catch the sunrise here ended up being a very cloudy one.