Thursday, 28 February 2013

Siena

Sunday Day Trippin'! Siena is a short 1 hour 45 min coach ride from Florence. Siena's a pretty small little town, but we managed to fill our day there no problem.
One of the most tourist places is Piazza il Campo. But it's not hard to see why, especially on a sunny bright day.
More amazing ceiling frescos.
The highlight of the trip was for sure lunch. My, oh, my. It was listed in a guidebook so that sometimes raises suspicions, but Antica Osteria da Divo was incredible. We were three levels down in a cellar, and the food and wine was just sublime.
And we found this great little street with the Torre del Mangia in the background.
And what do you know, but at the end of the street was Piazzo del Mercato, where there was a Sunday flea market. Fun to see, but it was more 
One last visit to the Piazza il Campo, then we went a few hundred meters out of the town you can have some amazing views looking back into the town.


Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Vintage Florence

Of course I couldn't help but sniff out a few vintage places in Florance. After a bad run in San Fransisco I was craving finding a piece of treasure. I only stumbled across a few places, but they all seemed pretty decent. First up was Street Doing Vintage Couture, a stone's throw from Duomo. Lots of nice scarves, but a little out of my price range. Loved the Pucci tie, but where would I wear it...
 
Next up was my favourite store find in Florence: Boutique Nadine. Such a lovely shop. Lots of shoes, and some racks of vintage dresses and, yes, finally, I found a prefect little day dress! And it was on sale, marked down to €35. Bargain. Very happy girl. Even happier when Edu swooped in and made it an extended Valentine's Day pressie. Yes...I know...I'm spoiled rotten.
A nice mix of old and new. Good style.
The last vintage store I came across was Vintage, no website, address below. Quite small, but seemed nice also.
Here's a different kind of vintage; old photo booths! We came across two but I suspect there are more. This one, on Via del Agnolo, and there was one by the train station.
Last of all was a surprise! Killing time before we headed to Siena we stumbled across this amazing looking flea market around the back of Fortezza da Basso.
We didn't have much time to look about, but it seemed really nice. Next time, Florence...
Street Doing Vintage Couture: Via dei Servi, 88/r, 50122 Firenze.
Boutique Nadine: Lungarno Acciaiuoli 22r 50123 and Via de' Benci 32r 50122 Firenze.
Vintage: Piazzetta P. Calamandrei 2, 50122 Firenze.



Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Pitti Palace

Off to Palazzo Pitti next. Grand as you can imagine, with the extensive Boboli Gardens out the back. Highlights were just walking around on a nice hilly space, even though there's not much this time of the year out. Inside we visited the Costume Gallery, which wasn't huge but worth climbing flight after flight after flight of stairs.
My other favourite gallery is the Museo delle Porcellane. Aside from the lovely hillside views out across the Tuscan countryside, the ceramics on display are fab. Lots of tea cups!
I think the swan tea cup is my faveourite.