Saturday, September 9, 2018. Day 6:
Today we checked out of Hotel La Pace and had a breakfast at Cofer Bar before taking the train to Florence. We had a simple mozzarella and tomato panini but it was not so simple because it was delicious. The staff heated it up for us so that the panini bread was crispy and crunchy.
Our train was at 11:12 a.m. and by the time we got to the train station (the same Pisa Centrale station that we arrived in), the platform number for our train had already shown up. We were on platform 10.
This was a slightly fancier train with firmer cushioned seats and charging ports too. Yay! 🙂 It was a non-stop train. The one-hour ride flew by (I took a nap).
We arrived at Frienze station which was crowded with tourists. We tried to buy local bus tickets but found better luck at a local newsstand instead beside the McDonald’s across the street. There were so many other tourists pulling along their luggage behind them. It was another sunny and hot day (I’ll take the sun over rain when travelling).
We weren’t scheduled to arrive at our hotel/Airbnb until 2:30 p.m., so we looked for a local lunch place nearby. The streets of Florence were again cobbled stones with alleys of buildings surrounding it.
We arrived at Fiaschetteria Osteria Nuvoli (Piazza dell’Olio, 15, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy), which served lunch downstairs in their wine cellar. What a treat this was! It was gorgeous down there. We had a comforting traditional Tuscan bread soup and porchetta! Read about the meal here in the blog post.
We then walked about 15 minutes to our hotel. The hotel host said he would meet us at 2:30 p.m. to let us in, but unfortunately he didn’t arrive until 3:35 p.m.(!) due to extenuating circumstances.
The Boboli Gardens Mini Loft (14, Via della Chiesa, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy) was perfect!! It was a loft with the bed upstairs and a living room, full kitchen, and full bathroom downstairs. We enjoyed this immensely!
For dinner that night, we searched up a local restaurant called Trattoria Diladdarno (Via dei Serragli, 108/r, 50124 Firenze FI, Italy). It was a cozy restaurant and we chose to sit in the outdoor garden patio underneath the stars. It was so nice.
Tomorrow, we are off to see the infamous sights of Florence!! 🙂
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Read about what we did on all the days of our Eurotrip!
- Day 1 (Arrival in Rome)
- Day 2 (Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Square, Castel Sant’Angelo)
- Day 3 (Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain)
- Day 4 (Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Tiber Island)
- Day 5 (Train from Rome to Pisa, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscan seafood dinner)
- Day 6 (this post)
- Day 7
- Day 8
- Day 9
- Day 10
- Day 11
- Day 12
- Day 13
- Day 14
- Day 15