As mentioned before, my visit to Siena was based around my reservations at Trattoria La Torre, therefore I knew I had to take the 8:50am bus from the station (walk past Firenze SMN station and head towards the bus garage) so I could arrive in the center of Siena 75 minutes later. Why bus and […]

TOUR THE CENTER OF FLORENCE // morning markets, local eats, ponte vecchio, uffizi, duomo, david, piazza michaelangelo for the best view, battling crowds

 LOCAL TIPS: Check out the morning markets in Mercato Centrale or Piazza Sant’Ambrogio. Buy a bus ticket for 1,10 euro. Take the #12 bus up to Piazza Michaelangelo for the best view in Florence. Be sure to stamp the ticket when the bus departs (no earlier), stay for 20 minutes for the photo ops., get back on the bus and use the […]

LOCAL FLORENTINE DISHES : FLORENCE // wild boar ragu, florentine steak, porcini mushrooms, ravioli, red wine

Ristorante Boca Mario Piazza degli Ottaviani, 16  50123 Firenze With a local food agenda in hand, I asked my hotel for a restaurant recommendation (which happens on the rare occasion) since the  restaurants I researched were too far away. So I took a leap of faith and crossed my fingers for Buca Mario even though I almost […]