Updated: Sep 6, 2019
Another fabulous day in Firenze! We have been on the move since landing and the fatigue of the journey is creeping up. We decide to have a leisure day and just go slow. After our satisfying breakfast we head out to walk the streets. We had hoped to see the Cathedral but the 2+ hour line in the hot sun persuades us otherwise. So off to explore it is!! We decide to head away from the crowds, and I do mean crowds. It resembles the crowd at Disneyland with people heading this way and that, oh my!
We find ourselves on the "other side of the river." The sounds of the city quickly change from the roar of the crowd to jack hammers, street cleaners and Mama's calling to their children. The buildings are tall with flower boxes hanging in windows and laundry on lines to dry. A chuckle emerges on our faces as we look to eachother and shrug our shoulders. This is the real Firenze. This is what I long to see, the heart of the city. A gentle calmness fills my body as we admire the architecture and beauty of the buildings, so ancient and full of stories.
I have fully lost any sense of time until my stomach begins to rumble and I realize it is probably lunch time. As we round the next corner a small trattoria appears filled with customers enjoying their mid day meal. See map: Trattoria del Carmine We are greeted with a smile and shown to a small outdoor table. Here we receive our menu handwritten and completely in italian.
Out comes Google translate, most is translatable but a few words do not carry over, guess we shall see what we get. Michael orders veal with tuna and mayonnaise. This is a cold dish; a thin sheet of veal smeared with a tuna spread. He smiles with satisfaction.
I ordered orecchiette pasta, or little ear as it resembles the shape of an ear, with tomatoes and ricotta along with grilled porcini mushroom caps.The ricotta was to die for! Creamy and smooth with a soft taste. The mushrooms are different than our porcini. I am guessing they are foraged and of a different variety. The underside is solid and soft without the usual feathers we are use to. The texture is silky and soft and the flavor is devine. Much more mild than our porcini mushrooms.
Still, I can never finish my meal, this is a problem becauce the waiters are always asking if I liked it, then looking at my plate with the remaining food. I try, one would think I would eat so much more for all the walking we do, the heat just keep my hunger at bay. After lunch we work our way back to the Ponte Vecchio and walk through more shops, stopping here and there for espresso and gelato. We cross the bridge one final time, taking pictures to prove our passage and head back to the hotel.