My initial impression of Florence on the day of arrival was that it was a very beige city… same color, different shades wherever one turned in the historical centre. You can read about my impressions in my Florence Travel Guide – how to survive the beige.
I hoped that the neighbourhoods on the other side of the Arno, where the Oltrarno Florence food tour took place, would inspire more confidence with vibrant dishes that gave Tuscany it’s reputation for the best produce and food in the country.
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After leaving the grandeur of Rome, I arrived in Florence to find it unexpectedly dull and unassuming. It may have been the overcast and grey skies, or it may have been the shades of ochre and beige that began to gnaw at my senses by the end of the first day.
However, by the time I left I had fallen in love with this city, and I want to share my Florence travel guide and how to survive the beige. Be sure to use my Top Travel Tips for any traveller to ensure a hassle free vacation.
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I woke up on my first Saturday in Italy, excited at the thought of the Taste of Testaccio food tour later that morning.
Having read about the Eating Italy Taste of Testaccio food tour, I hoped that it would be a good way to ease back into Italian cuisine as well as visiting a residential neighbourhood to see Italian artisanal food producers at work.
It was the first of my excursions during my short stay in Rome. For more ideas on how to make the most of a short stay in Rome please click here.
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My best advice for a visit to Rome is how to make the most of a short stay. More than any of the other cities I visited in Italy, the regional and foreign visitors to Rome appeared almost manic in their desire to see and do everything in the few days that they were there.
If there is one thing I can assure you of, it is that even with my Top Tips for every Traveller, a 48 or even 72 hour stopover would not even scratch the surface of what the Eternal City has to offer.
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I haven’t watched it in many years, but my earliest childhood recollections of a place called Rome was from the 1960’s movie, Spartacus. However, growing up, Italy was not on my bucket list of places to see before I die.
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