First thing we did after we arrived in Florence and dropped our bags off our AirBnB was EAT of course. The best thing about traveling in Europe is you don’t really need to do so much research before eating. Just walk around at a leisurely pace, as you take in the sights and sounds, the if you see a place with a lot of locals dining, grab a table. This has never failed us. It’s a simple tip, that’s great to remember when you are looking for a place to eat and hadn’t done any research. Because of this, we’ve been able to find some off the beaten path, truly local places that are amazing and not easy to find on the internet.Luckily my husband speaks conversational Spanish, and he can somehow understand the Italians, and vice versa. So we didn’t really need to use our Translation Apps much.
Lunch meals are really the best bang for your buck. Always ask what their lunch meals are.
We ate outside and enjoyed the comfortable Spring temperature in mid-April. The place we had just found was by a Piazza (Piazza Santo Spirito) and the locals were feeding the pigeons. The freshly made pasta was amazing, and the relaxed atmosphere outside was amazing. It’s a small place that serves a lot of people al fresco. We felt very lucky to have found such a good first meal. Firenze did not disappoint.
One thing that really surprised us was how flavorless the bread was in most places, but all the better to sop up all the pasta sauce at the end of the meal.
Part of the European experience is people watching as you eat.
Little birds come to feast on the left over bread on the tables. I thought I’ve seen some really small cars in Berlin, but THAT is the smallest car I’ve ever seen in my whole life. It’s half the size of a smart car LOL.Read more about our off the beaten path not-so-touristy Italian adventures here.