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Gelato connections

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):

(You can see these, and more photos from this trip, in my "July 2007: Florence" photo album on Slow Travel.)

Comments (4)

Wonderful photo essay! Won't it be nice to be back there again...soon!

I love aimless wanderings...that's one of the best parts about Slow Travel, which allows time for doing nothing and/or roaming around to see what you'll find.

Happy weekend!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Anne, I love these photos! And I enjoyed your photo album. Seems from the photos that you had a really nice vacation with your daughters. I can see why you are returning to Florence this year. Beautiful city!

That is a cool blog link. I bookmarked it for future reference. Gosh, I could sure use a gelato right about now as we're in a heat wave here in Southern California! :)

I loved looking at your Florence photo album. Wonderful photos and your girls are beautiful! Now I'm yearning to go back to Florence. *sigh*


Great photos, Anne, and I'm going to take a closer look at the blog, A Life Worth Eating!

Have you checked out the restaurant recommendations on Judy's blog -- Divina Cucina? I've tried a few on my last trip to Florence (my first trip there since discovering Slow Travel!) but didn't have time to try more than one or two. This year, I hope to try a few more!

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