I was browsing through various sites regarding Florence and came across an interesting entry in a blog called A Life Worth Eating. There are some great recommendations here for gelato, and how nice to have them all in one place. As I read the Florence section, I came to this sentence:
I read about this chocolate shop and gelateria on Borgo Albizi 11r called Vestri in my guidebook, and then later on the Divina Cucina site (which is a great Florence resource, by the way).
I did a double take "Divina Cucina? Hey, I know who that is!"
I know, this is a pretty loose connection since I "know" Diva only from the Slow Travel forums, but, still...I get a kick out of these "it's a small world" moments, even when tenuous at best.
The A Life Worth Eating blog entry also recommends "our" gelateria Gelateria La Carraia, where we went almost every evening during our week in Florence last summer...
Our days were filled with aimless wanderings and rendezvous with such marvellous sights as Michelangelo's unusual Bacchus (I didn't see the "no photos" sign until after I snapped this, honest!):
In the evenings, we would stroll across to Gelateria la Carraia:
The glories of Renaissance art and history aside, it is hard to beat sitting peacefully on the Ponte alla Carraia, enjoying a heavenly dish of gelato, and gazing down the Arno at the graceful Ponte Santa Trinita, and the Ponte Vecchio just beyond:
Then "home" again, through Piazza Goldoni just off the bridge, and head for that little sliver of a street to the left:
...to Via Federighi (our apartment was about halfway up the street on the right, and was on the top floor so the rooms were nice and bright from natural light):