Part of a meat counter at the San Lorenzo market, Rick Steves said that you will find parts of animals that you’ve never seen before. I saw an octopus at another counter. Did I mention ALL of our food suggestions came from Rick Steves? We toasted him at every meal, especially the fixed price meal on Friday night at Trattoria di Giorgios – 2 courses, a vegetable, bread, a drink, and water all for 12 euro each. Every course was delicious and filling. I got truffle pasta with mushrooms, spinach, and a smoked salmon and arugula plate with toasted bread. AMAZING.
Michael and I wandered around the market and he found a place selling fresh FRESH FRESH lightly fried calamari, white fish, and shrimp for 10 euro. We split this and then the butcher came over and poured us each a plastic cup of white wine. Complimentary I guess? Then we found a sunny spot and picnicked.
It was such a good moment that I had to capture my view from our spontaneous seafood picnic.
We met up with the rest of the group in a large piazza with a horseman statue in the center near Accademia dell’Arte and the old Medici palace (I think?). It was in San Lorenzo near the leather stands. Everyone bought cheese, olives, bread, dried fruit, fresh fruit, and olive oil to share in the sun with the locals and the pigeons below.
Candid photo on the bridge next to the Ponte Vecchio (not pictured)
We walked to the Medici palace after crossing the bridge. We wanted to go to the museum and the gardens but it had closed…next time! I didn’t get a picture of this but loads of people were laying on this incline in front of the palace. Here we witnessed the 3 letter acronym that make Americans pretty uncomfortable: PDA
The view from across the bridge. Mountains in the distance
We got gelato again at an even BETTER place that Rick Steves didn’t find (I guess he didn’t suggest ALL our places). Dark chocolate and pistacchio – best I’ve had in Italy at some random gelateria that I will be able to locate again, no worries. This is the view from the huge hill of Piazzale Michelangelo. We hung out here for about an hour with loads of tourists and a ton of American students.
View of the Ponte Vecchio at night (toy camera setting!)
We were at the top of the duomo the day earlier