With the sun warming our faces we wound through the city, along the Arno river, and up, up, up to the beautiful little hill town of Fiesole. Along the way, we enjoyed absolutely breathtaking views of Florence and the Arno Valley.
We were giddy with joy that we didn’t “settle” for doing the Fiesole trip in the rain yesterday and we both agreed that this was definitely one of the best moments of our trip thus far, the other being our last full day in Venice. The circuit took two hours and we wound up in central Florence again around noon.
After a brief stop at the apartment we walked over to the Mercato Centrale which is a HUGE market where you can buy anything imaginable. After drooling over row upon row of goodies …
and gasping at some unimaginable horrors – tripe, brains, and other UFO’s …
we headed across the street to Trattoria Za Za for lunch. M had a pizza and I had a delicious Greek salad and a side of rosemary potatoes. Of course, we washed it down with a 1/2 liter of house white. The total bill came to around 26E and the food was good and the atmosphere, amazing.
After lunch, it started to rain again and so we decided to see if we could get into the Accademia, which houses perhaps the most famous statue in the world – Michelangelo’s David. We didn’t have reservations and so we were taking our chances, but the line turned out to be only about an hour wait, which wasn’t bad at all.
In addition to the David, the Accademia also houses a nice collection of pre-Renaissance and Renaissance paintings and a collection of instruments, including a Stradivarius violin. We took our time getting to the David, but when we did, we could hardly believe our eyes. He was spectacular, an absolute work of genius. I felt like a perv for admiring him so closely, but I waited a long time to see him and I was going to get my eye-full while I could.
We stood there gawking for awhile and then made our way back out into the temperamental Firenze weather.
After stopping for what is possibly the BEST gelato in Florence, we headed to an Internet cafe for a couple of hours and got caught up on some things. After a brief stop at the apartment to freshen up, we went for dinner at Osteria Pepo and enjoyed yet another amazing meal (note: I am going to be so fat when I come home, already the pants are getting tight. Better get Jenny on speed dial.)
We each had a glass of the house white, something Griglio I-don’t-know-what, and M had potato ravioli with pesto and the most delicious meatballs in pomodoro sauce. I had an insalata mista and homemade lasagne. Again, very simple and fresh preparations making for excellent food. Bellies full, we waddled out of the Osteria and through the neighborhood back to our apartment where we watched the Travel Channel, read our books, and rested up for tomorrow’s day trip to Pisa.