Seriously awesome steak that you should not miss when visiting Florence. There are loads of great places to find steak in Florence. This place that I went was extraordinary. The steak is everything you'd hope for, excellent quality and cooked perfectly. A 1kg steak was plenty for two people, but hunger varies and they had some nice sides to adjust to your group. I got some aglio olio simple pasta to go along with it. The price also varies from restaurant to restaurant, but on average it was around €100 for a good quality one, and of course you can share it with up to 4 people!
Florence is one of the most breathtaking cities in Italy. It's rich history makes every corner and alley feel magical. It is built like a labyrinth and everywhere you turn there's something new to discover. From the beautiful cathedrals to the world renowned museums, Florence is a history buff's dream come true.
My favorite way to spend a day in Florence is walking along Via Gioberti and watching what lovals here do. They live life at a slower pace than most. Leisurely going for lunch after a siesta and continuing the positive energy into the afternoon. Once the sun starts to set you'll see the city come to life. Everyone will meet for "Aperitivo" which is when you get some drinks and restaurants offer snack buffets with them.
Florence also offers world class shopping where you can visit the some of the most luxurious fashion houses and storefronts along Via de'Tornabuoni. In juxtaposition to this you can also find cheap leather goods and clothing along many streets where you can haggle for goods and vintage items. If you're into artisanal and one of a kind items don't miss out on Piazza Santo Spirito.
Overall, a trip to Italy wouldn't be the same without visiting Florence and experiencing the magic that gave way to artists and writers like Dante and Leonardo DaVinci.
Relaxing my feet in the free natural hot springs of Bagno Vignoni
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Florence is a city in Central Italy and the capital city of the Tuscany region. It is the most populated city in Tuscany, with 383,084 inhabitants in 2013, and over 1,520,000 in its metropolitan area.
Florence was a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of that era. It is considered by many academics to have been the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages". Its turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family and numerous religious and republican revolutions.
From 1865 to 1871 the city served as the capital of the Kingdom of Italy (established in 1861). The Florentine dialect forms the base of Standard Italian and it became the language of culture throughout Italy due to the prestige of the masterpieces by Dante Alighieri, Petrarch, Giovanni Boccaccio, Niccolò Machiavelli and Francesco Guicciardini.
Pisa is a city and comune in Tuscany, central Italy, straddling the Arno just before it empties into the Ligurian Sea. It is the capital city of the Province of Pisa. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its leaning tower (the bell tower of the city's cathedral), the city of over 91,104 residents (around 200,000 with the metropolitan area) contains more than 20 other historic churches, several medieval palaces, and various bridges across the Arno. Much of the city's architecture was financed from its history as one of the Italian maritime republics.
The city is also home to the University of Pisa, which has a history going back to the 12th century and also has the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, founded by Napoleon in 1810, and its offshoot, the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, as the best-sanctioned Superior Graduate Schools in Italy.
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#mynovgetaway Montepulciano is a medieval hilltop town in Tuscany, Italy. Surrounded by vineyards, it’s known for its vino nobile red wine. The Torre di Pulcinella is a clock tower topped by a figure of the Pulcinella, a commedia dell’arte character. On the Piazza Grande is the 14th-century Palazzo Comunale, with a tower offering views of the surrounding countryside. Also here is the Duomo, with a huge triptych above its altar. According to legend, it was founded by the Etruscan King Lars Porsena of Chiusi. Recent findings prove that a settlement was in existence in the 4th-3rd centuries BC. In Roman times it was the seat of a garrison guarding the main roads of the area.
After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, it developed as a religious center under the Lombards. In the 12th century it was repeatedly attacked by the Republic of Siena, which the Poliziani faced with the help of the Perugia and Orvieto, and sometimes Florence, communes. The 14th century was characterized by constant struggles between the local noble families, until the Del Pecora family became rulers of the town. From 1390, Montepulciano was a loyal ally (and later possession of Florence and, until the mid-16th century, lived a period of splendour with architects such as Antonio da Sangallo the Elder, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, Baldassarre Peruzzi, Ippolito Scalza and others, building luxurious residences and other edifices here. In 1559, when Siena was conquered by Florence and Montepulciano lost its strategic role, its importance declined.
In the area near Siena the landscape is so pure, characteristic and imprinted on our minds as the quintessential image of Tuscany that it’s part of UNESCO World Heritage site list. Hills and ravines comprise the countryside, but it’s the cypress trees that steal the scene, surrounding isolated hilltop hamlet and marking roads in tidy rows.
The river that gave its name to the valley is little more than a brook, which dries up for most of the year due to the summer heat, but returns with force with the autumn rain. Oak forests, olive groves and vineyards that produce Brunello and other fine Tuscan wines extend across the hillsides, next to characterful monuments and villages. Italy’s oldest extinct volcano in Italy, Monte Amiata, hems in the landscape to the west.
Tracing the curvature of the hills, start exploring from on high, at Radicofani Fortress, boasting views across the valley. Next, head for romantic Pienza, the ideal city and the setting of Zeffirelli’s film “Romeo and Juliet”. Delve into the cypresses of San Quirico, skirting Castiglione and continuing to Montalcino to sip a fine Brunello. With your senses fully awakened, a visit to San Giovanni d’Asso’s Truffle Museum is a must.
To unwind after all your travelling, stop in Bagno Vignoni, famous for its striking thermal water baths in the town square, and Bagni San Filippo, where water rises from the heart of the volcano, gushing forth and creating concretions of rare beauty, a source of health and wellness for millennia.