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Italy – Day 5

We got a slightly late start in Florence and then spent the day enjoyably strolling the city aimlessly with our daughter as our guide. We s tuck our heads in here and there, but other than going through the Dante house museum – some information about Dante but nothing original from the period – we just strolled in the rain. Across from Dante’s hosue is the church where Beeatrice is buried. It is dark, old and moving. We did some grocery shopping in the indoor market next door to our daughter’s shared apartment; it doesn’t get much more charming than that. We had an excellent dinner at Otorino, a restaurant we’d enjoyed the last time we were here; it was as close as we’ve come to ordering a first course and a second course for dinner. Where do the Italians fit it?

We did run into one confounding scam. As we were walking away from one of the outdoor markets, someone ran up to us claiming to be a vendor from whom our daughter and her roommate stole sunglasses this morning. And, he added belatedly, they stole a Gucci watch as well. This theft supposedly happened this morning, when it turns out our daughter was with us. The best we can figure is that I was supposed to be intimidated and pay him for the watch and glasses to get rid of him. I told him to go to hell. Weird.

We went to the bus station, bought tickets for Siena tomorrow, and went back to the hotel to sleeeeeep.

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2 Responses to “Italy – Day 5”

  1. it was as close as we’ve come to ordering a first course and a second course for dinner. Where do the Italians fit it?

    I guess I was younger when I last went to Italy – 34, to be precise, so not that young – but I never had any trouble with the primi piatti/secondi piatti system. Essentially, it means having the carbohydrate (pasta) as a starter, followed by a light main course consisting mostly of meat. (Italy’s not great for vegetarians – but you could say the same about most of continental Europe, as far as I know.) I’ve hit the “and for the main course… actually, on reflection that was the main course” problem in Spain and France (well, Strasbourg), but never in Italy.

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