After traveling all night into the morning (check out the last post for our travel tips and tricks to staying sane on long travel days) we arrived late afternoon in Roma. After picking up our rental car, we drove 3 hours along the gorgeous Autostrade SS1 finally arriving to our first destination, Florence!
Every time we visit this city we are always in awe of the juxtaposition of the old city to the modern and vibrant lifestyle the locals live. We entered the city limits around 8pm to beautiful outside restaurants and bars lively with activity from everyone young and old.
Our apartment is located only 4 blocks from the city center, and surrounded by authentic restaurants and bars. Although a little off the beaten path of the touristic hotels, we prefer to stay in spacious apartments in local neighborhoods in order to really get a feel for life Under The Tuscan Sun...
After a semi stressful adventure returning our rental car to the Florence Airport (its 20 min outside the city, and unbeknownst to us it was a national holiday=no available taxis). We were tired and hungry so we walked a block from our new home and stumbled upon what we can only describe as a local hotspot.
It was 11:30pm and Fuoco Matto was packed. The restaurant, filled with everyone from grandma and grandpa to new parents with their infant sleeping cosily in the Baby Bjorn right next to us, was centered around a giant open kitchen complete with brick pizza oven and giant loins of meat hung from the ceiling to dry age.
We sat down and immediately ordered a bottle of Chianti Classico Reserva. The wine was a delicious blend of bold, sharp flavors and finished smooth with a hint of tart cherry. For dinner we shared an array of antipasti, roasted local vegetables, and of course a pizza margarita. The room buzzed with laughter and quick Italian gab, and an aroma of fresh bread and basil sizzled in olive oil.
To top off the evening we indulged in a tiramisu that we’re pretty sure we will be dreaming about for years to come. We have eaten dessert “all over the world” (an inside joke), but this one took the cake… or in this case coffee liquor soaked lady fingers.
After that it was off to bed in hopes of beating jet lag as not to waste any seconds of our Europe adventure. We thank you for reading and hope you continue to follow us as we Karpe Diem…