Thursday, October 30, 2008

I'm Going to Italy: What Do I Bring Back and What Should I Not Miss?

As of next Tuesday, I will be in Florence, Italy. I will be jet lagged and incomprehensible, but gosh darn it, I'll be there. It's my first time in this land of pecorino, prosciutto, and gelato, and I'm more excited than vampire in a blood bank. I've also heard thatthe people and art are nice too. After a four night stay in Florence, my mother and I (my traveling partner) will drive to Siena, where we will stay in a friend's apartment and take a cooking class with our friends mother. Then we'll return to Florence and see all the sights we haven't seen for four or five more days.

I've never been to Tuscany, or Italy at all for that matter, and would like to ask you, dear readers, what foods, candies, packaged goodies, should I bring back? And if you've been to this region and know of a place you swear I can't miss (i.e. a gelato shop that trumps all others), I'd love to hear about it in the comments! Along the same lines, if there is something that you saw or did in Italy that translated horribly across cultural lines, tell me!

I'll be blogging about our experiences either while I'm there, or shortly after my return, so keep tuned for photos, pictures of cheese, and winery visit discussions.

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redman said...

one of Helen and I's all time favorite restaurants is Trattoria Mario in Florence, kitty corner to the central market (the mussolini market in guidebooks)
don't miss it. It's wonderful and simple. Order the ribollita or any of the pastas and any of the meats. Lunch only. We spent a week in Florence and went there every day.

doggybloggy said...

I was there way too long ago....I liked venice and I liked florence and I lost my passport in rome and had to have it replaced in milan...does that help?

Kirstin said...

Thanks, I'll check it out. When were you there?
Oh, that totally helps, thanks!

ila said...

the gelato! have some rose flavored gelato and enjoy burping flowers. that's all i really from my trip six years ago (i just graduated high school and burping in public was still semi-acceptable).

miss v said...

i had the best gelato of my life in florenzi! seriously. but i can't remember the name of the shop, dang it.

and oh, if you can find stroup-waffles (they are more dutch, but you can probably find them in italy somewhere), those things are amazing. they are like crispy waffles with caramel pressed inside.